Author Archives: Work of the week

Colima, West Mexico Mask

In very rare instances elite burials in West Mexico involved stone masks that have been stylistically linked to Colima. These special objects for burial, fashioned out of materials traded over long distances, stand out among the large numbers of ceramic …  More

UNKNOWN Noah’s Ark c. 1600

Mughal paintings combine Persian and Indian painting traditions and are characterised by a rich palette, fine modelling and intricate detail. This painting dates from the end of the reign of the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar (c.1556–1605), who employed Indian artists …  More

GREECE / ITALY Torso of an athlete 1st century BC-1st century AD

This marble torso is an outstandingly well-preserved representation of an athletic male body in its prime. It is thought to be a Roman copy of an original by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos. The general style is of the fifth century …  More

William Nicholson The black pansy 1910

William Nicholson was always torn between the need to paint society portraits to maintain his family and his love for humbler still lifes and landscape painting. Nicholson’s admiration of Édouard Manet and Edwardian interiors is evident in this still life …  More

Rover Thomas Dreamtime story of the willy willy 1989

This painting shows the ancestral path of miowin, a willy-willy or spiralling dust storm, indicated by the red-ochre glyph unleashed on the matte, white surface of the land and rising into the sky. The storm began as a murmur, in …  More

Louise Bourgeois Cell (Glass spheres and hands) (1990-1993)

Identity, self-scrutiny, memory and the tensions inherent in human relationships are the core themes of Louise Bourgeois’s art. Although Bourgeois has often referred to her works as a means of liquidating the memory of traumatic episodes, her diaristic art is …  More

Linda Jackson Wildflowers 1976

Appliquéd gum leaves, Sturt’s desert peas, strelitzia, boomerangs and love hearts jostle with musical notes across the surface of this multi-layered outfit. Jackson’s appliquéd pieces were inspired by Henri Matisse’s late cut-outs, produced in the 1940s and early 1950s.