Artists Matcham Skipper and Myra Gould on a Melbourne footpath, circa 1940.
Albert Tucker/State Library of Victoria
Nestled in the heart of Melbourne's city laneways, Leonardo Art Shop - also known as Nibbi's - provided inspiration and education to a generation of young artists.
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.
First Class Marksman (1978-79).
In the 1940s, the renowned Anglo-Australian artist became an outlaw just like his most famous subject, Ned Kelly.