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Old Masters on loan

The National Gallery of Australia’s collection – put together over just three decades – is a strong contemporary collection but includes less than twenty European Old Master paintings and sculptures.

Although there are some fine individual works among them, the Gallery’s Old Masters are not cohesive and could not represent 500 years of European art history. So, as part of the National Gallery of Australia’s commitment to providing increased access to the national collection, fifteen of its Old Masters are now on long-term loan to state galleries with stronger collections in this area. Victoria and South Australia, in particular, have been collecting Old Masters since the end of the nineteenth century.

The works on loan to Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales supplement their displays of Old Masters to present a fuller history of European art to Australian audiences.

These loans are part of the Vision for the National Gallery of Australia (October 2005 - pdf 1.14Mb) and represent a generous gesture by the National Gallery of Australia.


Master of the Marble Madonnas 'Madonna and Child' c.1480 Peter Paul Rubens 'Self-portrait' 1623, oil on canvas, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
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National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney