Hannah Gadsby - Arts Clown

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01Edouard Manet's Olympia2015030420210715 (BBC7)
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Art historian Hannah Gadsby kicks off her comedy lectures about four masterpieces, with Edouard Manet's masterpiece 'Olympia'.

She shares her first encounter with the art work as well as looking at what critics had to say about it at the time it was created.

Born in Tasmania, Hannah's first encounters with art was solely through books. These books taught her the language of art appreciation but they also legitimised her desire to look at 'boobs'. This was just as well as Hannah realised in her teens that she was 'a little bit lesbian' but homosexuality was still illegal in Tasmania at that time.

The painting 'Olympia' was first exhibited in Paris in 1865. It made a lot of people very angry at the time. Here was a reclining nude but this woman had attitude, looking right at the observer with no embarrassment or demureness. She was a whore - what of it?

The woman who posed for the painting was Victorine Meurent, not a prostitute but an artist in her own right and, says Gadsby, surely she had a major influence on Manet's considerably feminist approach to 'the reclining nude' in this painting.

Hannah explains what makes 'Olympia' a cornerstone of modern art and what bring her personally back to this painting again and again.

Hannah Gadsby is assisted in this series by her very own 'Quotebot' who has been inputted with every quote that's ever been written about art.

Quotebot sounds remarkably like comedy legend and all-round boffin John Lloyd.

Written by Hannah Gadsby

Script edited by Jon Hunter

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

Hannah explains what makes Manet's Olympia a cornerstone of modern art.

Hannah Gadsby presents a series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces.

02Jan Van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait2015031120210722 (BBC7)"

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Aussie comedian and art historian Hannah Gadsby continues her comedy lectures about art, looking this time at Jan Van Eyck's masterpiece 'The Arnolfini Portrait'.

She shares how she first came to study the portrait, the mystery behind it and why people have remained so fascinated by it down the years.

Plus she puts an image of Vladimir Putin in your head that you will find hard to shake.

Born in Tasmania, Hannah's first encounters with art were solely through books. When she worked in a bookshop after graduating, she realised the craze for Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' had parallels with critics' sleuth-like 'readings' of 'The Arnolfini Portrait'.

Written by Hannah Gadsby.

Performed by Hannah Gadsby with her Quotebot aka John Lloyd.

Script edited by Jon Hunter

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

Hannah explains what makes van Eyck's painting so important in the art history canon.

Hannah Gadsby presents a series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces.

03Michelangelo's David2015031820210729 (BBC7)"

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Art historian Hannah Gadsby continues her radio series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces. This week she looks at Michelangelo's 'David', the 17ft statue he created between 1501 and 1504.

Born in Tasmania, Hannah got to know a lot about art from books. But it was only in her 20s when she visited Europe for the first time, that she saw the art she'd studied 'in the flesh', so to speak.

There in Florence she fell in love with David and in this programme she shares her affection for and knowledge of him, with all his imperfections.

Hannah is joined on stage by her very own 'Quotebot' who is inputted with every quote that's ever been written about art.

Quotebot sounds remarkably like comedy legend and all-round boffin John Lloyd.

Written by Hannah Gadsby

Performed by Hannah Gadsby with her Quotebot aka John Lloyd

Script edited by Jon Hunter

Produced by Claire Jones.

Hannah shares her affection for and knowledge of David, despite all its imperfections.

Hannah Gadsby presents a series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces.

Art historian Hannah Gadsby continues her comedy lectures about four masterpieces, with a look at Michelangelo's 'David', the 17ft statue he created between 1501 and 1504.

There in Florence she fell in love with David so she shares her affection for and knowledge of him, with all his imperfections.

Written by Hannah Gadsby.

Performed by Hannah Gadsby with her Quotebot aka John Lloyd.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

04Picasso's Les Demoiselles D'avignon2015032520210805 (BBC7)"

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Aussie stand up comedian and art historian Hannah Gadsby presents a comedy art lecture, this week on the subject of Picasso's angry 1907 masterpiece 'Les Demoiselles D'Avignon'.

It was as an art history student in Canberra in her early 20s that she was first introduced to this canvas and it took her a long time to grow to love it. She takes us on her personal journey through hate, to eventual love, explaining along the way why this piece is so pivotal in art history.

With the help of her Quotebot - who sounds remarkably like John Lloyd - Hannah explores 'Les Dems' rebellion, anger and revolution and the painting's place in modern art. She also decides Picasso was 'a bit of a dick'.

Written by Hannah Gadsby and edited by Jon Hunter.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.

The Aussie comic explores Pablo Picasso's angry 1907 masterpiece.

Hannah Gadsby presents a series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces.