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Jeanette Hoorn

arts & humanities
social sciences
tom roberts, australian painting
hilda rix nicholas, australian painting
social sciences, interdisciplinary
humanities, multidisciplinary
social sciences - other topics
arts & humanities - other topics
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Jeanette Hoorn

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Jeanette Hoorn



Professor Hoorn is an art historian and curator who was educated at The University of New South Wales where she graduated with honours in Australian History in 1978; at University of California, Berkeley where in 1981 she completed a Master's degree in Art History studying with Herschel B. Chipp, Svetlana Alpers and Warburg Institute historian Leopold Ettlinger; and at the University of Melbourne where she commenced her doctoral studies in Art History with Bernard Smith in 1983. She took up two research fellowships at the University of London in the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in 1984 and 1986.

Professor Hoorn was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Fine Arts in 1987 completing her PhD in 1988. She was promoted to senior Lecturer in 1990 and Associate Professor in 2000 before taking up a personal chair in Visual Cultures in 2007. She has undertaken periods of research at UC Berkeley where she was a fellow in Art History in 1994; at Yale University where she was Visiting Fellow in the Centre for British Art in 1995; in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University where she was a fellow in 1997 and 2000. She is currently Director of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Professor Hoorn has curated a number of very successful exhibitions. Her most recent book of essays, Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia, accompanied the exhibition of the same title, shown at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in July-September 2009, as part of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

Research interests

Professor Hoorn has published eight books and many articles in the fields of Eighteenth and Nineteenth British and French Academic painting; Gender and Orientalism; Darwinian theory in film and painting; Australian Pastoralisms; Australian Indigenous art; Gendering of Modernism in Australian art; Portraiture; Europe’s Civilising Mission in film. She is an expert in the area of British and French colonial cultures in Australia, the Pacific and Africa. Professor Hoorn is currently working on ARC funded research investigating the representation of the emotions in paintings about animals with Barbara Creed and Deirdre Coleman. Her latest book, Hilda Rix and Elsie Rix's Moroccan Idyll: Art and Orientalism appeared with the Miegunyah imprint of Melbourne University Press in December 2012.

In September 2013 the School of Culture and Communication in collaboration with the VCA will host the 7th chapter of the Women and Silent Screen Conference whose theme will be Performance and the Emotions.

More information on the Women and the Silent Screen VII conference at The University of Melbourne.

Current research

The emotions and representations of animals in 18-19th century British and French academic painting with a particular focus upon Thomas Gainsborough, Edwin Landseer. George Stubbs, Jean-Jacques Bachelier, Jean Baptiste Oudry, Theodore Gericault and Rosa Bonheur

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 51 most recent scholarly works by Jeanette Hoorn.




Culture And Communication


Bachelor of Arts

University of Sydney

Master of Arts

University of California

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne