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Monday 15 February 2021, 2pm -3pm

The Butterfly Takes Flight: E. A. Hornel and Giacomo Puccini

During an eighteen-month tour of Japan in 1893, Hornel visited the city of Nagasaki. Perched on the island of Kyushu, Nagasaki became the hub for trade with the outside world and the setting for one of Puccini’s best-loved romantic operas, Madame Butterfly. The exotic art and culture of East Asia had a profound fascination for Hornel and Puccini. But they belonged to two different worlds: the world of visual art and the world of opera. What can we learn by setting them side by side? This talk will explore the intricate web of cultural connections between East and West in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Griffin Coe is a Curator (Fine Art) at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Free, but booking is essential, book online or visit or phone the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993.

Lecture: The Butterfly Takes Flight: E. A. Hornel and Giacomo Puccini

Japanese woman playing a shamisen unknown photographer Yokohama shashin print 1890-1920 National Trust for Scotland Broughton House

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