This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 22 encompasses essays discussing works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection:

Peter Tomory discusses Cleopatra as the epitome of Luxuria, her many incarnations in art from the 16th to the 18th century and Tiepolo’s Banquet of Cleopatra in the Gallery’s collection; Margaret Plant comments on the intriguing collaboration of George Baldessin and Imants Tillers in creating the etching plates According to des Esseintes; John Guy recounts the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar and his commissions of the Hamza-nama, a gathering of the legendary tales of Hamza, and the Akbar-nama, a recording of contemporary historical events; Memory Holloway analyses the eroticism and myth in Picasso’s Femme Torero series and Corrida; and Cecilia O’Brien examines a Florentine Book of Hours, the Acciaiuoli-Strozzi Hours, in the National Gallery of Victoria.

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