Thursday, September 8, 2011

National Gallery of Victoria and the Ian Potter Center, Melbourne

long-necked turtles and camels in the aboriginal art collection

fabulous colors and designs

there were explanations of the meaning of the art, think the white here was water

they were so much fun to look at

camels and warriors

stained glass ceiling of the National Gallery with glass imported from France and Belgium

A Burne-Jones stained glass
We visited the Ian Potter Center at Federation Square twice while in Melbourne. The first time the entire first floor, which included the whole Aboriginal collection, was being changed. We enjoyed the other galleries that time but we were lucky enough to be able to come back at the end of our visit to Melbourne when the Aboriginal gallery had been reopened. The Aboriginal art falls into certain categories depending on where in Western, Southern or Northern Australia it comes from. There is much meaning to the paintings which most often tell a story. The colors and designs were stunning. The last two photos are from the National Gallery, which is located close to the Potter Center just on the opposite side of the Yarra River. This gallery holds their international art and it is a very nice collection, includes canaletto, tiepolo,monet, turner, picasso,rembrandt  and many more. Being our last day in Melbourne we couldn't do it justice but we enjoyed what we saw and would gladly return. Both museums were free which was also a big plus.

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