contested views: Visual culture and the revolutionary and napoleonic wars


Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July 2012
10.00 - 17.45, Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

The Third of May 1808, 1814. Goya The Third of May 1808. Goya, 1814, Oil on canvas. © Museo Nacional del Prado Madrid - (Spain)

In July 2012, in advance of commemoration of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, Tate Britain is to host a two-day conference exploring the impact of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on world-wide visual culture, from the outbreak of the pan-European conflict with France in 1792 to the present day. Centred on themed panels, plenary lectures and workshops, this cross-disciplinary conference will promote knowledge and understanding of the range of ways in which the ‘First Total War’ has been mediated in visual cultures, not only in Britain and continental Europe but throughout the world.

Plenary Speakers: Mary Favret, Gillian Russell, Susan Siegfried, Paul White.

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission but due to limited space advance booking is required. Book online:

Organised by: Satish Padiyar (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Phil Shaw (University of Leicester), and Philippa Simpson (Royal Museums Greenwich) for the Tate Research Centre: British Romantic Art.

This event is supported by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Tate Britain, and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Download programme Download programme

Tate Britain logo                   AHRC logo

Back to Events Calendar