Search results for: 2012

Napoleon and the Platypus

Did you know that it was a French Zoologist, Étienne Geoffroy de Saint-Hilaire, at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, who recognised that the platypus belonged to the rarest of families – Monotremes (along with the echidna)? It was first …  More

Rethinking an unknown carte-de-visite

While searching through the NGV’s collection of Australian cartes-de-visite recently we came across this image.  The intricate hairstyles, ornate fashion and curiously casual poses of the unidentified people caught our attention. Their intense gaze seemed to provoke further investigation.  Since …  More

Flimsy Female Fashion in the age of Napoleon

The garments worn by fashionable young women following the Revolution were famously dominated by muslin. In imitation of the ancient Greeks and Romans whose simplicity and elegance of dress was synonymous with democracy and the Roman Republic, post-Revolutionary Fashion set …  More

On Light in Digital Imaging

Asking a photographer how they approach light in their work is like asking a musician how they approach sound. It is hard to know where to start. Ansel Adams did a good job of splitting photography in half, by suggesting …  More

Napoleon at the Great St Bernard Pass

When you visit the Napoleon exhibition, look closely at the small black & white drawing by Naudet of Napoleon crossing the Alps at the Great St Bernard Pass, and amazingly you will find a French soldier giving a titbit to …  More

A few of my favourite things: A little gem

A fair amount of groundwork goes into cataloguing an artwork. Conversations take place, there is paperwork to compile, questions of access and fragility to consider and acquisition details to confirm. By the time I see an object, I usually have …  More

Permanent collection changes at NGV Australia

Last week was mostly about rehanging the twentieth century galleries on level 2 at NGV Australia. We have only been making minor changes to accommodate light sensitive works such as the Fred Williams prints that need to come down as …  More