DETAIL : COLOGNE SCHOOL Germany Virgin and Child with Saints [Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints (left panel) Virgin and Child with Saints (left panel)]
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Antonio ABONDIO | Portrait of Faustina Romana (obverse); Leda and the swan (reverse) | 1550s
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Steve Brown
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Study for Homage to the square
Josef ALBERS | Homage to the square: on an early sky | 1964
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King George III in coronation robes
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Queen Charlotte in coronation robes
Carl ANDRE | Chain well | 1964
Michael ANDREWS | Good and bad at games | 1964-68
  | Inscriptions (Isola Sacra) [Holy island] | (1973)
Giovanni ANSELMO | Entrare nell' opera [Entering the work] | 1971
Charlotte ARDIZZONE | Wrapping up Christmas presents | 1969
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Fragment of Western civilization
Charles ARNOLDI | Untitled | 1974
Jean ARP | Plastron et fourchette [Shirtfront and fork] | c.1922
Artist unknown  | Pietà | c.1470
Artist unknown  | Scenes from the Passion of Christ | mid-19th century
Artist unknown  | Richard the Lionheart | c.1860?
Artist unknown  | Madonna dell'Umilità [Madonna of Humility] | c.1470
Artist unknown  | St John the Evangelist | c.1680

The National Gallery of Australia began to collect European and American painting and sculpture in the 1970s. At this time it became clear that the Gallery's mission would be to show works of art from all the cultures of the world, not only that of European Australians, Europe being the continent from which most immigrants have come to Australia. The collection includes works from every continent, concentrating on the cultures that underpin contemporary life, those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

In 1992 the Gallery published a catalogue written by Michael Lloyd and Michael Desmond, European and American Paintings and Sculptures 1870-1970 in the Australian National Gallery. The catalogue is now available here.

In October 2002, twenty years after its doors opened to the public in 1982, the Gallery is publishing more of its collections of 430 paintings and sculptures made by European and American artists on its website. It will be possible to examine all these holdings, from a handful of examples of the art of ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy to many works of art made in the last decades.

Subject to copyright permission, photographic reproductions of the paintings and sculptures accompany all the catalogue details of the National Gallery's works: the artist's name, country, dates of birth and death, the title and date of the painting or sculpture, its medium, size, any inscriptions, and the provenance (or known history of ownership). Many of the catalogue entries include exhibition histories, particular literature, and a discussion of the meaning and context of the work.

European or American?
For ease of reference, the catalogue is divided into European and American categories. Any artists who have made art in both continents, such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Mary Kelly or David Hockney, are included in both catalogues.

How to read the catalogues:
b&w = black-and-white
c. = centre
c.l. = centre left
c.r. = centre right
illus. = illustrated
inscribed = extra information written on the work by the artist
l.c. = lower centre
l.l. = lower left
l.r. = lower right
obverse = on the head or portrait side of a medal
recto = on the side of the work's support facing the viewer
reverse = on the thematic side of a medal, as in 'tails' for a coin
u.c. = upper centre
u.l. = upper left
u.r. = upper right
verso = on the reverse side of the work's support, usually canvas or paper

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