Still life, mid-to-late 17th century, Maker unknown, van Kessel II, Jan (1626–1679), Germany. Gift of Dr G.F.V. Anson, T.V. Anson, H.V. Anson and Mrs F.S. Maclean, 1943. Te Papa

Feast and Famine 

Friday 14 December 201212.15pm–12.45pm
Angels & Aristocrats, Level 5
Free entry

Discover the symbolism of food in Angels & Aristocrats with exhibition curator Mary Kisler.

There is delight in looking at sumptuous scenes of laden banquet tables. Platters of succulent seafood nestle against dishes of ripe fruits, and glasses sparkle with sweet wines.

Yet many elements of still-life paintings move beyond satisfying the senses. Find out which in this fascinating gallery talk.

Find out about the exhibition Angels & Aristocrats.

Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler is Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has recently been seconded to work as part-time Head of Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.  

Mary graduated with an MA in Italian and Art History from the University of Auckland in 1992. She then worked as a tutor and part-time lecturer, before joining AucklandArtGallery in 1998.

She has acted as a guide on several art history trips to Europe and Australia. She has travelled widely both as a researcher and as a private lover of art. Since 2001, she has regularly talked about art with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning programme.

Mary Kisler. Photograph by John McIver, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki