The First Cloud & Anguish

NGV Senior Curator of International Art Dr. Ted Gott discusses his two favourite works in the Collection – Sir William Quiller Orchardson’s The First Cloud and August Friedrick Albrecht Schenck’s Anguish which hang side-by-side in the nineteenth century gallery.

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The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras

Unlike other military painters at the time whose work depicted aerial views of battle, Thompson created paintings so realistic that people thought they were witnessing the real events when viewing them.

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Behind the Design of In Absence

Artist Yhonnie Scarce and Melbourne architecture studio Edition Office discuss the design behind the 2019 Architecture Commission, a work that features 1600 black glass Murnong (yams) and invites audiences to understand the fallacy of the premise of terra nullius, which declared Australia as an emptiness awaiting ownership.

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Corfe Castle

NGV Curator Laurie Benson investigates Arthur Streeton’s Corfe Castle and the reasons why this great Australian landscape artist had to adapt his painting style during his twenty years in Britain.

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Josephine signing the act of her divorce

Discover the story behind the dramatic scene between Empress Josephine and Emperor Napoléon depicted in E.M Ward’s Josephine signing the act of her divorce, and the symbolism captured within its intricate frame.

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Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

NGV Curator Ted Gott reveals the history behind Edwin Landseer’s Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a painting that inspired author Lewis Carroll to create the character of the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie

Find out about the subject of Louise Bouteiller’s exquisite portrait, friend and artist Césarine de Houdetot.

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Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton

When preparing Anne Forbes’ Portrait of Lady Hamilton for display, NGV Conservators discovered a hand that had previously been painted over. Assistant Curator, Dr Maria Quirk explains why this was such an important discovery.

Gift of Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2020

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