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Portrait 20

June - August 2006

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Dame Nellie Melba and Frances Alda, Leigh Bowery, Karin Catt, Sidney Nolan and more.


by Roger Neill

Roger Neill delves into the life of a lesser-known Australian diva, Frances Alda.

JK Rowling, 2005
JK Rowling, 2005
JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

by Sandy Nairne

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Francois-Marius Granet, 1807
Francois-Marius Granet, 1807
Francois-Marius Granet, 1807

Ingres in Paris

by Andrew Sayers AM

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was one of the greatest portrait painters in history.


by Dr Sarah Engledow

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the larger-than-life Australian performance artist, Leigh Bowery.

Aussies All

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Rennie Ellis photographs the self-proclaimed 'Witch of Kings Cross'.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006

The painter and the princess

by Michael Desmond

Michael Desmond interviews Ralph Heimans about his portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Inspiration + Realisation: Jude Rae

by Justin Paton

Justin Paton explores the latest exhibition of Jude Rae's portrait paintings. 

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

by Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

Inspiration + Realisation: Peter Wegner

by Katherine Russell

Peter Wegner's approach to portraiture could be considered a visual record of the rapport, the dynamic space between artist and subject.

9 lives of Karin Catt

by Simon Elliott

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

Self Creation

by Andrew Sayers AM

Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers recalls meeting iconic Australian artist Sidney Nolan.


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