Visual arts

Catherine the Great by Johann Baptist von Lampi

From Russia with love: treasures from the Hermitage

September 18, 2015

Decorative arts, Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Melbourne is currently experiencing a little bit of Imperial Russia with the exhibition, Masterpieces From the Hermitage: the Legacy of Catherine the Great, now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. Here at the State Library of Victoria you can bury yourself in these treasures all year round.

National Library of Australia Publishing in Association with the State Library of Victoria, 2015

Mining for treasure, or digging deep for art

July 17, 2015

Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

S.T.Gill is perhaps best known for his iconic visions of everyday life on the goldfields, and a quick search of our catalogue shows that he was not alone in finding a rich vein of inspiration in the more industrial side of life.

Sa’di, Gulistan, State Library Victoria, folio 21

Persian treasures in Mirror of the World

June 26, 2015

Exhibitions, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to some beautiful Persian manuscripts currently on display in the Mirror of the World exhibition

Paramount Records, 1970

The Battle of Waterloo and its 200 year old legacy

June 18, 2015

Film, Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

The Battle of Waterloo continues to fascinate, even 200 years after those ferocious days

Wendingen: cover by El Lissitzky

Wendingen: Designing modernity

June 5, 2015

Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to an art magazine that is itself a work of art

Norman Lindsay,  c.1918

Art on the Front Line: lest we forget

April 24, 2015

Comic books, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Australian artists have fallen-in with our fighting forces since colonial times, witnessing, reporting and questioning all aspects of war.

Half deck: Allan C. Green

Never judge a cover by its book

April 2, 2015

Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Our new exhibition, Inspiration by Design: Word and Image From the Victoria and Albert Museum, puts the look of the book front and centre and raises the question, just what is it that makes us reach for that particular book in the first place?

Fantagraphics Books, 2014

New in the visual arts: on the shelf and online

March 20, 2015

New books, Painting, Photography, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

The visual arts come in all shapes and sizes

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)

Poets at war: ‘What passing bells for these who die as cattle?’

February 12, 2015

Exhibitions, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to some of the great poets of the First World War, currently highlighted in The Mirror of the World exhibition

Livening the place up with a bit of bohemianism

Livening the place up with a bit of bohemianism

December 2, 2014

Film, Photography, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Bohemians come in all shapes and sizes