Victoria Munn (Aotearoa New Zealand) is a researcher, currently pursuing a PhD in art history, supported by a full scholarship at the University of Auckland. Titled Colour me Beautiful, Victoria’s doctoral thesis analyses early modern Europeans’ investment in hair colour, establishing the practical methods undertaken to dye hair, and drawing upon empirical texts, theoretical treatises, poetry and painting. Her topic builds upon her Masters in Art History, which examined the transmission of female beauty ideals and practices in early modern Italy and France. In 2019, she completed her Certificate in Languages in Italian, and she has recently undertaken a fellowship at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice during which she consulted primary resources for her doctoral thesis.

As a Brooks Fellow in partnership with Tate, during her residency Victoria will work with the curatorial department at Tate Britain. For her fellowship project she will take the nineteenth-century British artist Emma Soyer (née Jones) as a case study for examining the treatment of women artists in art history. This research will consider the fluctuations in women artists’ acclaim and renown, linguistic patterns and cultural frameworks in their art historical treatment, and the market value of their works.

Victoria has worked in several art institutions, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland Museum and Adam Art Gallery, and participated in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection internship programme in 2017. At Auckland Art Gallery, Victoria was involved in the curatorial development of an exhibition focused on Louise Henderson, a French-born New Zealand modernist. She writes regularly on the contributions of women artists to New Zealand art history.

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