Hendrick Goltzius – splendour and excess
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Hendrick Goltzius – splendour and excess

“The fact – and this will seem to many unbelievable – that his paintings by no means equaled his superb engravings did a lot to damage his reputation.”[1] Constantijn Huygens, 1630 The term ‘virtuosity’ rarely fails to surface when discussing the graphic oeuvre of Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617). Praised for his sheer technical brilliance, … Continue reading

Cristofano Robetta – poetic imperfection
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Cristofano Robetta – poetic imperfection

Cristofano Robetta (1462 – 1535 after) is not exactly a well known name, even to those interested in the early history of western printmaking. Over-shadowed by luminaries of his era, print historians have invariably discussed the awkward and technically unrefined aspects of his work. They also point out its heavily derivative nature as Robetta freely … Continue reading

Jeffrey Smart (1921 – 2013)
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Jeffrey Smart (1921 – 2013)

In memory of one of the greats of Australian painting who passed away earlier this week, Jeffrey Smart. Despite Modernism’s challenge to representational imagery, and the subsequent Death of Painting discourse which questioned the relevance of painting within the contemporary art spectrum, Smart remained true to his chosen genre and medium and created some of the most iconic … Continue reading

Eugene von Guérard, Nature Revealed
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Eugene von Guérard, Nature Revealed

First Published Tuesday June 14 2011, on Artshub This vast exhibition of works by intrepid colonial painter Eugene von Guérard toured the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, and National Gallery of Australia between 2011 – 2012.  Eugene Von Guérard: Nature Revealed gives us an insight into the wonder that this European artist, who evidently possessed a passion for … Continue reading