Ode to Italy: thoughts on Italian old masters during COVID-19
As we struggle through the crisis of COVID-19, four treasured works from the Gallery's Italian old master collection remind us that hope remains an instinct to cling to.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Peter Raissis
Admired by Tom Roberts and Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh called George John Pinwell a poet who saw the sublime in the most ordinary, commonplace things, and Tom Roberts wrote admiringly of his work 'A seat in St James's Park', now in the Gallery's collection and on display in the 'Victorian watercolours' exhibition.
3 years ago, by Peter Raissis
Made for the middle class
When it came to collecting art, the early trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW aimed to follow the cultural standards of the Victorian-era British middle class. Watercolours fulfilled those requirements perfectly.
3 years, 2 months ago, by Peter Raissis
From inside the asylum
A phantasmagorical image now in the Gallery's collection was made by the artist Charles Altamont Doyle – father of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – during his confinement in the lunatic asylum known as Sunnyside.
3 years, 3 months ago, by Peter Raissis