Raphael at the Scuderie del Quirinale – a walk in the exhibition

May 14th, 2020 | Dr Kathleen Olive

When Raphael died on 6 April 1520 – according to tradition, on his birthday – the Italian art world immediately felt his loss. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, and the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome had planned a large exhibition dedicated exclusively to the “infinite riches”...

Akhenaten: the mythologising of a pharaoh

Apr 30th, 2020 | Lucia Gahlin

This 18th dynasty pharaoh ruled Egypt c1352 – 1336 BC from his new capital at Tell el-Amarna (Amarna), roughly midway between Cairo and Luxor. It was a city built on a virgin site, and although preservation of the mudbrick buildings is limited, it still survives better than any other ancient...

Meeting Tenzing Norgay

Apr 16th, 2020 | Judy Tenzing

I was a working-class child from one of the less salubrious parts of Sydney. We didn’t have many holidays, as I recall, but sometimes we would go up to the Blue Mountains and rent an old house in Blackheath for the winter vacation. I loved the cold and the brooding,...

On the art of stealing art

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

30 March 2020 – all is quiet in The Hague, and a Van Gogh painting is stolen from the Singer Laren museum. The alarm system is triggered, but the thieves have got away before the police arrive, with a painting estimated to be worth more than 6 million euros. Another...

The making of Victoria: From Sullivan Bay to the Gold Boom

Mar 20th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

The discovery of gold in Victoria in the 1850s brought people from across the world, pushing the newly formed colony to develop rapidly, throwing some curious characters into the spot light, and ultimately shaping Victoria to this day. In this article, Dr Nick Gordon looks at the history of Victoria,...

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