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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Portrait Stories App

Whether you’re at the Gallery, in a cafe or your living room, ‘Portrait Stories’ is a trusty guide to thousands of portraits and people.

Features:

  • images of over 1700 portraits from the collection
  • text from over 100 articles about portraits – from Portrait magazine
  • videos of over 50 interviews with artists and subjects
  • browse:
    • everything
    • by gallery – up-to-date information about what’s on display
    • by theme
  • shake to shuffle
  • search by artist, sitter or title of the portrait

Special features for when you visit the National Portrait Gallery in person:

  • nearby mode – display portraits near you
  • recognition mode – access a digital portrait by scanning the real thing

Download Portrait Stories for free from the iTunes store – or visit the Gallery in person to borrow a device.

Technical requirements

Portrait Stories works beautifully on:

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone (from 4s onward)

So that it can serve you the most up-to-date information about the portraits and people in the Gallery, the app depends on an internet connection.

When you visit the Gallery in person, use our wifi – and to take advantage of the app’s ‘nearby’ mode, enable location services and turn on Bluetooth.

We’ll keep developing the app, so if there are features you’d like to see – or problems you encounter – let us know.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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