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Contemporary art is often blamed as too provocative and controversial. However, some art that today looks classic was shocking at the time it was created. In 1573 a painting by Veronese was investigated by the Roman Inquisition. A work by Caravaggio was rejected in 1601 by its patron as unacceptably vulgar. A Manet's piece displayed in 1865 was not destroyed by the outraged public only because of the precautions that the administration took. One of the most famous works by Whistler was described by his contemporaries as "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face".

What scandals has the art world known? What enraged the public in the past and nowadays and why? We will look at the most scandalous works of art and investigate the stories behind them.

For further information on this event please call the City on 9400 4751.

Please note, the presentation will run for approximately one hour, and refreshments are included.

Parking: Please be aware that there is limited free parking at Joondalup Library. Details of parking locations and fees can be found at the City’s Parking webpage


Joondalup Reference Library
102 Boas Avenue
Joondalup WA 6027
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