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Why We Love

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
Booking: FREE but booking required. Online here.

While popular conceptions of love tend frequently to focus upon romantic love, 'Love: Art of Emotion 1400‒1800'explores love’s varied manifestations across the realms of human experience ‒ familial relationships, religious devotion, friendship, altruism, patriotism, narcissism, materialism and nostalgia.

Why do we love and how important is love to the human experience? What makes this emotion such an enduring inspiration and subject of artistic expression? Discover new answers to age-old questions about love in a conversation between Dr Nadine Cameron, Professor Charles Zika and Associate Professor Alison Inglis.

Dr Nadine Cameron is a wellbeing consultant, meditation teacher, academic, writer and occasional performer. She has a particular interest in the theoretical and practical intersections of wellbeing and the body, of emotional intelligence and community, and of art and conceptual transformation.

Professor Charles Zika is a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), which uses historical knowledge from Europe, 11001800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. Zika is involved in work on the changing relationship of emotions and religion through history, rituals of pilgrimage and emotions of exclusion and demonisation invoked to counter perceived threats to communities and their integrity.

Associate Professor Alison Inglis coordinates the Master of Art Curatorship program at The University of Melbourne. She researches, teaches and publishes in the area of nineteenth-century British and Australian art and also in museum studies.  She is an Honorary Associate Investigator (2013) with CHE.


  • Dr Nadine Cameron
  • Prof. Charles Zika, FAHA Professorial Fellow, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


  • Assoc. Prof. Alison Inglis, Coordinator, the Master of Art Curatorship program, The University of Melbourne

Image: Master of the Stories of Helen, Antonio Vivarini (studio of), The Garden of Love (c.1465-1470), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1948, 1827-4.