The St Kilda Road Gallery, designed by Sir Roy Grounds, opened in 1968. and redesigned by Mario Bellini. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square was designed by LAB Architecture Studio.
At the time when the gallery opened, Victoria was an independent colony for just ten years, but in the wake of the Victorian gold rush, it was easily the richest part of Australia, and Melbourne the largest city. Besides donations of works of art, donated funds from wealthy citizens have been used by the Gallery to purchase large collections of overseas works from both old and modern masters. The Gallery currently holds over 65,000 works of art.
The Felton Bequest, established by the will of Alfred Felton, has acquired and donated over 15,000 works of art to the Gallery. The National Gallery of Victoria Art School, associated with the gallery, was founded in 1867. It was the leading centre for academic art training in Australia until about 1910. The School’s graduates went on to become some of Australia’s most significant artists.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of Toby's Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors meme.
|The imposing St Kilda Rd façade of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne|
|The rather grand entranceway to the Gallery. Entry is free tot he Gallery, although a fee is usually charged for special exhibitions|
|The water windows at the Gallery entrance delight both young and old...|
|But especially so the young!|
|The Gallery has expansive spaces, many of which are brightly lit with natural light, as can be seen in the foyer area here|
|The sculptures of the figures visible here are English sculptor Antony Gormley's stainless steel 'Inside Australia' installation in the foyer of the Gallery|
|The Gallery shop on the Ground floor of the Gallery is a treasure of books on art, architecture, craft and related disciplines. As well as books, the shop sells catalogues, postcards, art, gifts and other art-related merchandise|
|The sculpture garden of the Gallery at its back end|
|Another view of the garden|
|Henry Moore's "Draped Seated Woman" of 1957-58, with a mosaic in the background, a recreation of Fernand Léger's "Grand Parade with red Background" made in 1985|
|There are several cafés and places to refresh oneself in the Gallery. Here is the very cosy first floor "Tea Room"|
|A detail of the "Triptych with the miracles of Christ"|
|"Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints" - Cologne School, c.1510-20|
|Detail of "Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints"|
|The Rembrandt Cabinet|
|Detail of "The Two Philosophers" (1628) by Rembrandt|
|One of the 16th-17th century galleries|
|Giambattista Tiepolo's "The Finding of Moses" (1740-1745)|
|Giambattista Tiepolo's stunning "The Banquet of Cleopatra" (1743–44)|
|A 17th-18th century gallery|
|One of the 19th century galleries|
|Pierre Puvis de Chavannes' enormous cartoon of "St Geneviève Ravitaillant Paris Assiégé" (1897-1898)|
|Another of the 19th century galleries decorated in the salon style typical of the early to mid-19th century|
|James Tissot's "An Interesting Story" (1872)|
|Claude Monet's "Vétheuil" (1879)|
|Frederick McCubbin's "Lost" (1907)|
|Paul Nash's "Landscape of the Summer Solstice" (1943)|
oh but you have done it justice!!ReplyDelete
I particularly like the picture of the 19th century gallery, decorated in the salon style typical of the early to mid-19th century. You almost don't see that in any other gallery.
And talking of the 19th century, I love the Tissot! I can't remember seeing An Interesting Story 1872 before.
What an awesome gallery, Nick!! Your captures are amazing as always! I would love to spend time there! I can understand why it is one of the best galleries in the world! It certainly is the best that I've seen! The glass ceiling is incredible!ReplyDelete
What an amazing place! Gorgeous shots. I love the stained glass ceiling and those lovely water windows full of rainbows.ReplyDelete
So many great things to see there.ReplyDelete
Wow, breathtaking! I especially like the stained glass :)ReplyDelete
This post would be perfect for Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors - please feel free to stop by and link up!
I still think that the water wall is one of the best architectural ideas I've seen - and played with for that matter!ReplyDelete
Stewart M - Melbourne
Fabulous tour of the gallery, Nick. It's inspired me to re-visit soon. I especially liked your shots of The Great Hall.ReplyDelete
Fantastic photographic wisdom. I never saw any flashlight reflection and you probably used a tripod in most cases. Thank you for the grand tour of the Galleries, what a smashing piece of Architecture, the stained glass ceiling taking the cake. Very interesting blog.ReplyDelete
What an interesting place, the water walls look amazing. Thankyou also for your own recent comments to me, always much appreciated.ReplyDelete
very nice place. Thank you because you took me on a tour... I am still home and I'm learning with you, I'm seeing through your eyes...ReplyDelete
Thank you again.
And thank you for visiting and commenting!
That's a lot of show to see!Love the stained glass ceiling and the people shots.ReplyDelete
Another fascinating, informative and entertaining post. I especially liked all the stained glass. My MIL was a old school stain glass artisan who received the first living treasure award in the state of Arkansas for her cathedral windows.ReplyDelete
What a great blog post filled with fantastic photos and wonderful info.ReplyDelete
I'm so happy that I did come over to visit the NGV, what an amazing place, I really enjoyed the tour, merci.ReplyDelete
Looks like a fabulous place where one could spend much time. That ceiling is amazing. And I love the salon style gallery.ReplyDelete
What a fantastic job! I always get wondered seeing some special works online that really hard to praise only few words. I found this post was one of them. So, let me leave my warm thanks for this unique piece of work. I have heard a lot about National Gallery of Victoria and Museum. I was impressed finding so many resources altogether. The different photos including the imposing St Kilda Rd façade of the National Gallery, The rather grand entranceway to the Gallery, the expansive spaces, The sculptures of the figures, shop on the Ground floor , The Great Hall, created by Leonard French, major stained glass works, the back end sculpture garden, Henry Moore's "Draped Seated Woman, Auguste Rodin's sculpture of "Monument to Balzac, Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints- Cologne School,- oh all were super meaningful and expressed many back events of Melbourne. My browsing story today was to learn about Point Cook schools. But seriously this was a precious complement to me.ReplyDelete