Spotlight: Unknown faces
Take a tour of some mysterious portraits
Several portraits in the Gallery’s collection are of unknown sitters – people lost to history, but whose appearances are preserved in paintings that are several hundred years old.
Join the Gallery’s Josephine Touma and the National Art School’s Mark de Vitis (an expert in the history of portraiture) as they chat about these mysterious works. What clues do these portraits give about the people in them? Why are portraits of long-forgotten people still so compelling? And what do we know about the artists who made them? You’ll encounter faces from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, and discover how portraits both reveal and conceal a person’s ‘true’ identity.
The talk will be Auslan interpreted for deaf and hearing-impaired visitors.
Meet at the information desk.
This is part of the Third Sundays at the Gallery program, a State Street Learning for Life initiative.
Image: Giovanni Battista Moroni Portrait of a young man 1565-70 (detail)
Sunday 17 August 2014, 12.30pm
Does not involve entry into the Archibald Prize exhibition
Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Related exhibition: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014