Category: Work of the week

Persian Portrait of a prince examining an arrow (late 16th century-early 17th century)

This portrait was probably painted during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587–1629), whose rule marked a period of stability and consolidation within the Persian Empire and saw the capital at Isfahan established in 1600.   As well as wall paintings decorating …  More

Donald Judd Untitled (1969-1971)

In the 1960s Donald Judd proposed a new way of making and experiencing art, breaking ground in the exploration of volume, interval, space and colour. He favoured industrial materials such as aluminium, perspex, sheet metal and plywood. From the mid …  More

Fred Williams Cape York bushfire (2) (1977)

After his return to Australia from London in 1956, Fred Williams turned his attention to painting the Australian landscape, depicting it in such a distinctive and fresh way that, for many, his art transformed their vision of it. The Cape …  More

Minton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Clock garniture 1871

Among the outstanding ceramic artists lured to the Minton factory during the second half of the nineteenth century was Marc-Louis-Emmanuel Solon, a former principal designer and decorator at the Sèvres factory in France. He perfected the decorating technique of pâte-sur-pâte …  More

The Sydney Bird Painter Boobook owl (c. 1790-1800)

This watercolour is the earliest Australian work in the NGV Collection. The boobook owl was drawn by an unidentified artist, possibly a member of the First Fleet, whose hand has also been identified in watercolours held in the Mitchell Library, …  More

Frederick McCubbin The pioneer 1904

McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in their new …  More

Miss Geddes Sheet music, fancy dress 1906

This charming fancy-dress costume was acquired from a private collector. The following information was recorded at the time: ‘This dress was worn to a fancy-dress ball at Mena House, Cairo, in 1907 by a Miss Geddes. The dress is accompanied by …  More