‘Renaissance’ @ National Gallery of Australia

23 01 2012

It was a beautiful sunny day in Canberra when I visited to see ‘Renaissance‘ at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

Exhibition media: “These treasures are on loan from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy. Borrowing from its marvellous collection is only possible because the Accademia is renovating its display spaces, and the museum is temporarily closed.

I usually dread a visit to a blockbuster; however this visit was pleasant. The NGA has learnt from the many awful experiences of visitors to ‘Masterpieces from Paris‘ (at which I lined up for over three hours; see mention in this post), and offers timed tickets for this exhibition. As the flight from Melbourne is short, I chose the first session at 10am (though there is a guided session at 9am at a greater cost; I baulked at the additional cost, though think now it would have been worth it).

The NGA has a standard policy of no photography at all; and of course that extends to this exhibition. Therefore I did a little bit of sketching – again, I was the only one doing so and was looked at with some bewilderment by many of the other visitors.

The standout paintings for me were:

1. “Madonna & Child” Jacobella di Antonello 1480 [gallery page]
The colouring and richness of the fabric depiction shone from across the room and was clearly the most beautiful in this room.

2. “Saint Sebastian” Raphael 1501-2 [gallery page]
The textile is exquisite.

exhibition media; click on image for original source

3. ‘Portrait of Lucina Brembati‘ Lorenzo Lotto [gallery page]
Finally, I spotted some jewellery in the exhibition … of course though, the earlier groupings were mostly religious works and therefore bereft of such luxuries.

sketch; image not to be reproduced without permission

I have more to write, and images to share, and so I’ll continue tomorrow ….

Renaissance‘ is at the National Gallery of Australia until 9th April 2012.

Visit to Canberra

21 01 2012

Yesterday I popped up to Canberra to visit the blockbuster exhibition Renaissance‘ at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

I’ll write about the exhibition shortly, though in the meantime share a few images from the beautifully sunny day.

Canberra; NGA; lovely sunny morning

On my previous visit it was cloudy and I had no idea of the beautiful green sheen on the metal sculpture below in the sunshine.

Diamonds; Neil Dawson; hanging sculpture

Eran; Gloria Fletcher Thapich