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Australia Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition arrives at the National Gallery of Australia after months of delays due to COVID-19

22:57  04 march  2021
22:57  04 march  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Then Covid - 19 hit. NGA staff hang Botticelli ’s Scenes from the Early Life of St Zenobius. Photograph: National Gallery of Australia . When a 500-year-old Botticelli or Vermeer takes to the skies, it does not just fly incognito. It must also be insulated and then hibernate during and after the long haul. Bubble wrap will simply not suffice. Conservators at the National Gallery in London swathe each work in acid-free material – paper-based or fabric-based, depending on the individual painting’s requirement – before sliding each masterpiece into its own laser-cut, form-fitting timber pod, insulating the work from as

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background pattern: Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh, is on display at the National Gallery of Australia until June. (Supplied: National Gallery of Australia) © Provided by ABC NEWS Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh, is on display at the National Gallery of Australia until June. (Supplied: National Gallery of Australia)

One of the most famous artworks in the world will call Canberra home for the next three months with the arrival of a new exhibition from the walls of one of Europe's top galleries.

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has welcomed Van Gogh's Sunflowers, a work that, like many other masterpieces, really only comes to life when it shares a room with its viewer.

The show, Botticelli to Van Gogh, includes works from many of the finest European artists of the past 500 years.

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A record-breaking 420,000 people have seen the National Gallery of Victoria's exhibition of Van Gogh masterpieces, but while his works are being praised some visitors are disappointed at how the large crowds have been managed. Van Gogh and the Seasons snatched the record from the Pre-purchasing a ticket has not allowed people to skip the queue, with complaints about having to shuffle through the exhibition because of the number of people allowed in at once. One person complained on Twitter that she "missed getting a photo due to crowd" and another said an "hour and a half just to get

It represents a world first for the gallery and was described by curator Sally Foster as a "roll call of the most important artists in Western art history".

But its arrival was hard-won, after the pandemic threw up a number of logistical challenges and delayed its opening by a year.

A crash course in art history

With European travel currently off the cards, the exhibition has brought some of London's star attractions to Australian shores.

And it has the ambitious aim of teaching viewers about the seven defining periods of European art history in one gallery.

Showcased are works by artists such as Titian, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Canaletto, Turner, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet and Gauguin.

It is a grand tour which begins by taking the viewer into the Italian Renaissance through the exhibit's oldest painting, Paulo Uccello's Saint George and the Dragon.

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Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger, left, and senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh, right, unveiled the newly discovered 'Sunset at Montmajour' by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh during a press conference at the museum in Amsterdam, today. After an argument, Van Gogh stormed out to a brothel with a razor blade and sliced off part of his ear. While in hospital, Gauguin returned to Paris. In the last months of his life, the artists grew increasingly troubled and by early 1890, was struggling to work.

It also circles past a number of pieces in the Renaissance gallery which highlight the powerful influence religion had over art at that time.

Meanwhile, paintings like Sandro Botticelli's Four Scenes From The Early Life Of Saint Zenobius take visitors into the heart of 15th century Italy.

Also among them, the signature attraction that is Rembrandt's striking Self Portrait At The Age Of 34, a piece straight out of the Dutch Golden Age, which spanned much of the 17th century.

Much like Sunflowers, Rembrandt's painting seduces the viewer with its detail, asking them to look into the eyes of the artist.

"It really is one of the most important paintings in the National Gallery of London's collection," Ms Foster said.

COVID-19 casts works in a whole new light

After a challenging period, the NGA has secured the first international touring show of the National Gallery in London, which opened in 1824.

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The exhibition was delayed for 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a logistical nightmare, only heightened by the value of some of the pieces.

Its opening in Australia comes after months of challenging work, National Gallery of Australia director Nick Mitzevich said.

"Like a ballet, every single step has been carefully orchestrated," he said.

"From the crating, to the transportation, to when the works arrive in the building and how they are put on the walls."

But the delay offered up an unexpected opportunity for the curators.

They used the time to give the space a $5 million refurbishment that was designed to ensure each masterpiece would be lit to perfection.

"Many of the works look like they have just stepped out of the artist's studio because they are lit by the best technology available," Mr Mitzevich said.

Ms Foster agrees, saying the lighting adds another dimension to the exhibit, giving the viewer a unique experience.

"Many people will have travelled to London and they would have gone through those galleries — but they have never seen them displayed like we have displayed them," Ms Foster said.

The exhibition runs until the middle of June.

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