A lithograph from Gaston Tissandier’s balloon travels depicts falling stars.
Not so long ago, people had no idea what would happen to them – and what they would see – once they ascended into the clouds.
Two girls in white (1904) is a composite study of three of Ramsay’s sisters, who cared for him before his death from tuberculosis.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Hugh Ramsay's Two girls in white, was painted just two years before he died at the age of 28 in 1906. It is the central work in the National Gallery of Australia's survey exhibition.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - April, 2017: Visitors watching ‘The Night Watch,’ Rembrandt’s largest and most famous painting in Rijksmuseum’s Gallery.
The Dutch master has intrigued art-lovers for four centuries. His strength in depicting the human experience compels audiences even after four hundred years.
Visitors walk through Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s installation ‘Fireflies on the Water.’
Images of wildfires are powerful, but can make climate catastrophe seem like something spectacular and distant. So some artists are focusing on the plants and bugs in our immediate surroundings.
Leonardo da Vinci had a seemingly inexhaustible imagination for innovation.
Engineer, artist, mathematician, thinker: Leonardo da Vinci was all these and more.
Marcantonio Raimondi’s 1505 engraving may show Leonardo da Vinci playing an instrument called a lira da braccio.
Cleveland Museum of Art.
A lot has been said about Leonardo and music, much of it speculation. But what do we know for sure?
Old man (possible self-portrait) and water studies, c 1508-9.
Leonardo's obsession with water flowed through his technical work, his art and his scientific ideas.
The 2002 installation ‘Rape Garage’ displayed statistics about rape, along with first-person narratives about sexual trauma.
Stefanie Bruser, Josh Edwards, Katie Grone and Lindsey Lee. Mixed media site installation at “At Home: A Kentucky Project with Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman.” 2001-2002. Courtesy the Flower Archive, housed at the Pennsylvania State University Archives.
Many Renaissance-era masterworks depicted rape and sexual assault as erotic. Beginning in the 1970s, artists worked to redefine rape as a crime of aggression and act of female subjugation.
Colour blind people are really good at spotting things that are far away, and they are better than most people at telling things apart by their shape.
Some colour blind people only have two kinds of cone cell in their eye. Others have three kinds, but the cones do not pick up the same light waves as the cone cells in most people's eyes do.
Practical advice from an expert about lighting, decoration and furnishings.
Mario Klingemann’s ‘Neural Glitch Portrait 153552770’ was created using a generative adversarial network.
Later this month, Christie's will be auctioning its first piece of AI art – a portrait created via machine learning.
Art with a wow factor.
Was it a marketing stunt or a critique of the market itself?
Eugène Delacroix’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Green Vest’ (1837).
Through his art and his travels, 19th-century French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix sought to understand the chaos of an era he called 'the century of unbelievable things.'
Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as Cindy Sherman.
Born into late-16th century Papal Rome, Gentileschi transcended the path of utter obscurity that was the lot of her female peers to become one of the most famous painters of the day.
Visitors look at Blue poles (1952) during its trip to London for an abstract expressionism exhibition in 2016.
The 1973 purchase of Jackson Pollock's abstract expressionist painting – at a record price for the time – was a controversial moment in Australian art. Was it worth it?
Detail from Brett Whiteley.
Sacred baboon 1975
brush and ink, wood stain, watercolour, gouache and cut printed colour illustration on cardboard 81.6 x 67.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1978 (A23-1978) © Wendy Whiteley
Throughout his life, Brett Whiteley made images of apes and monkeys. He found much in their character and physiognomy to identify with.
Mirka Mora sitting surrounded by her colourful doll and soft sculpture creations and tapestries in 1978.
Courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive, State Library of Victoria.
Mirka Mora survived the second world war to carve out a unique place for herself in the Australian art world. Over six decades, her creativity was legendary.
Charles Blackman posed next to his work in Sydney in 2013.
Charles Blackman forged an urbanised image of Australia that for most, was more familiar than the mythic landscapes of Sidney Nolan or Arthur Boyd. Yet though familiar, it remains uncomfortable.
Sidney Nolan’s Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.60 x 121.10 cm.
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia
As a bushranger in the Kelly gang, Steve Hart took to dressing as a woman and riding side-saddle to avoid detection. Sidney Nolan's painting captures Hart's adolescent cockiness, bravery, and foolhardy bluster.
Jon McNauhgton’s 2017 painting ‘You Are Not Forgotten.’
McNaughton's works elicit giddy mockery from the left and effusive love from the right. Why do they resonate so strongly?