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Study for the portrait of Aldo Giurgola

2005
Mandy Martin

gouache, fibre tip pen and natural pigment on colour photocopy (sheet: 41.8 cm x 89.3 cm)

Romaldo Giurgola AO (1920–2016), architect, was a founding partner of the firm that won the international design competition for Australia’s New Parliament House in 1980. Giurgola studied in his native Italy before moving to the USA where he held academic positions at Cornell and Columbia universities, and co-founded Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in Philadelphia. By the early 1960s his style, mixing modernist and inclusive flavours, saw him identified as a key member of the ‘Philadelphia School’. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Society of Architects in 1982, while work on New Parliament House was under way. In 1988 Aldo Giurgola settled in Canberra. He designed a tiny Catholic church in the suburb of Charnwood and a home for himself at Lake Bathurst, near Goulburn; both are represented in Martin’s painting. Giurgola is depicted by the pool in the Members’ Hall in the centre of Parliament House. The diagonal shaft of light echoes that in Tom Roberts’s ‘big picture’ of the opening of the First Parliament in 1901.

Gift of the artist 2005
© Mandy Martin/Copyright Agency, 2022

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Artist and subject

Mandy Martin (age 53 in 2005)

Romaldo Giurgola AO (age 85 in 2005)

Subject professions

Architecture, design and fashion

Donated by

Mandy Martin (1 portrait)

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