This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 1970–71 encompasses essays that examine works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection and galleries across Victoria:

A. D. Trendall discusses the additions to the Greek vase collection in 1969; Rudolf Wittkower examines two bronzes by Gian Lorenzo Bernini – a gilt bronze statuette, The Countess Matilda, and a life-size bust of Cardinal Richelieu; Ursula Hoff introduces a newly acquired drawing by G. B. Castiglione, Tobit burying the dead; Irena Zdanowicz discusses the silversmith work of Ernest Leviny, his inkstand and Presentation Cup; Margaret Mackean writes about the Ballarat Art Gallery’s recent acquisition of Roy de Maistre’s The cricketers; Ursula Hoff comments on the Bendigo Art Gallery’s fine group of works by A. Louis Buvelot; Beth Sinclair introduces the newly acquired Silver landscape by Fred Williams into the Castlemaine Art Gallery; and Richard Annois remarks on the acquisition of two works by two Melbourne artists – Paul Partos’s Untitled black and John Davis’s Multiple – by the Geelong Art Gallery.

We are also pleased to include R. R. McNicoll’s updated ‘News from the National Gallery Society’ and Ursula Hoff’s heartfelt elegy to Franz Philipp.

We trust you will enjoy the articles and appreciate the breadth and depth of the contributors’ research and scholarship in this edition.