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Portrait Assortment

Reflections on portraiture

This post began as a reply to a pair of comments from the post “Enormous Portraits“. Those comments raised an important point – “What is the place for such patriarchal portraits in the first room of the National Portrait Gallery?” – so I’ll repeat myself in a louder voice, so that everyone else may hear.

I think it’s time I shared a strange story about the National Portrait Gallery, from back in the days of Old Parliament House.

Right at the genesis of the NPG, we decided that we wouldn’t introduce visitors to the main collection galleries with a suite of dead white men in golden frames.

After the 2010 AFL Grand Final between St Kilda and Collingwood, a strange pose was taken by both teams as they realised they had reached an almost unprecedented draw.