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The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of North America's leading art collections. Come visit and experience more than 4,000 artworks across 110 galleries. Visit http://ago.ca

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The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of North America's leading art collections. Come visit and experience more than 4,000 artworks across 110 galleries. Visit http://ago.ca

    The Orange Blossom

    The Orange Blossom

    The lady in the portrait holds a flowering sprig in her right hand. We ask Deborah Metsger, Assistant Curator of Botany at the Royal Ontario Museum to help us identify the plant as an orange blossom. We learn about where and how orange trees grew in the eighteenth century and the potential symbolism behind this botanical element in the portrait.

    • 36 min
    Race and Representation

    Race and Representation

    Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom was painted at the height of Trans-Atlantic Slavery. We speak with Charmaine A. Nelson, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at NSCAD University, about issues of race and representation in eighteenth-century portraiture.

    • 49 min
    The Dress

    The Dress

    One critical object is the sitter’s blue dress. We speak with two local experts on the history of dress, author Ingrid Mida, PhD, and Alexandra Palmer, PhD, Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator, Global Fashion & Textiles, at the Royal Ontario Museum to help us understand when the painting was made and even offer insight into the life of the painting’s sitter.

    • 30 min
    Sophie Hackett in conversation with Maia Sutnik

    Sophie Hackett in conversation with Maia Sutnik

    2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the official founding of the Photography Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario. To celebrate, the AGO recorded a conversation between Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator of Photography and Maia Sutnik, the first Curator of Photography at the AGO, discussing the gifts, purchases and exhibitions that led to the department as it exists today.

    • 35 min
    A deeper dive into our mystery painting

    A deeper dive into our mystery painting

    Curators Adam Levine and Monique Johnson discuss their process and the different questions they hope to answer as they peel back the layers Even though they're at home, the curators of the European Department are still hard at work learning more about their latest acquisition, Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom. Listen to Adam Levine and Monique Johnson discuss their process, and they different questions they're asking about the mysterious portrait. An audio transcript is available in the YouTube link.

    • 2 min
    The painting as a physical object

    The painting as a physical object

    Curator Adam Levine speaks with Maria Sullivan, the AGO Head of Conservation, to discuss the Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom as a physical object and the different materials the artist used to create it. Maria tells us about how conservation science can help us understand how the painting was made and the life the painting has lived since its creation. The two discuss the artist’s signature and future plans to study the painting in the lab.

    • 14 min

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