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Dong Qichang Mountain landscape 1617

Dong Qichang was a brilliant scholar and a prominent scholar-official of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). To escape political turmoil at the imperial court in Peking (Beijing), his official life was interrupted by long intervals of retirement in the south. Through …  More

X-raying Japanese armour: Exposing the secrets beneath

Japanese suits of armour are complex constructions made with many different materials including suede, rawhide, silk, hemp, various metals and Asian lacquer. These materials are woven, dyed, moulded, or stitched by specialist craftsmen to make each of the twelve parts …  More

Q: How many Conservators does it take to replace a lightglobe?

A: Only 1 – but how many lightglobes does it take to replace an artwork?   Some time ago I posted a blog on Jack Meyer’s amazing kinetic light sculpture Industrial Revolution; this entry describes some of the practical and ethical …  More

Framing Fancies: Lely’s portrait of Sir John Rous

A fantastical conglomeration of shells, flowing marine forms and even a sea monster surrounds the portrait of Sir John Rous, 1st Baronet of Henham Hall, painted by Sir Peter Lely in 1660. The recently restored picture and its extraordinary frame …  More

Unknown No title (Two boxers) (1850s)

This unusual daguerreotype features two bare-knuckled young American pugilists standing in the balanced boxing stance. Posed indoors, the men stand on a patterned rug in front of an inexpertly attached backdrop. However, it is not the setting that catches our …  More

NGV Women’s Association annual Garden Day

On Thursday 16 October, the NGV Women’s Association (NGVWA) will hold its annual Garden Day. For over two decades, this highly anticipated event has offered visitors a glimpse into some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and rarely seen private gardens. This …  More

Deme Hidemitsu Noh mask, Ōbeshimi

Noh masks originated in ancient Buddhist and Shinto rituals of the Nara and Heian periods, but it was during the Muromachi period (1333–1573), under the patronage of the Ashikaga Shōgun Yoshimitsu, that they were formalised by actor Kan’ami (1333–1384) and …  More