This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 1976 encompasses essays that discuss works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection:

Joseph Burke writes a tribute to the late Brian Finemore; J. V. G. Mallett investigates a maiolica plate of the Italian Renaissance signed ‘F. R.’; Ursula Hoff examines three newly acquired symbolist graphics by James Ensor, E. F. Aman-Jean and Edvard Munch; Ann Galbally explores the legendary ‘amitie’ of John Peter Russell and Vincent Van Gogh in the late 19th century; Ian McPhee inspects an Attic red-figured bell-krater of the 4th century; Emma Devapriam comments on the Gallery’s acquisition of Mahākāli, a bronze 12th century Indian statue, and the theology of Hinduism; Terence Lane describes a pedestal carved by Robert Prenzel in his trademark Gum-nut art nouveau style; Vivien Thwaites analyses the artistic influences that inspired Giulio Romano’s drawing for Madonna of Francis I; and D. H. Merry presents the latest news of the National Gallery Society of Victoria.

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