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Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 50.5 cm x 50.3 cm, image: 47.5 cm x 46.6 cm)

Cate Blanchett (b. 1969) is an actor whose Golden Globe Award winning performance in Elizabeth (1998) confirmed her as a leading screen performer. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992, Blanchett joined the Sydney Theatre Company and received the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle award for Best Newcomer. Her television credits include the ABC's Bordertown, and her Australian film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), Paradise Road (1997) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997). Her recent international starring roles include the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-3), Charlotte Gray (2002), Veronica Guerin (2003) and The Aviator (2004) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Blanchett appears regularly on 'best-dressed' and 'most beautiful' lists, but she is also regularly described as the finest actor of her generation.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Karin Catt

Accession number: 2005.111

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Karin Catt

Cate Blanchett (age 33 in 2002)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

The transparent mask

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Cate Blanchett and the art of acting in Rosetzky’s digital portrait.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

by David Rosetzky

Portrait story

David Rosetzky and Cate Blanchett talk about the creation of their video portrait.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

Being Cate

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

A moving portrait of Cate Blanchett unfolds as an inspired pairing of medium and subject.

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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 both past and present.

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