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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.

Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty

Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2014

Virus, 2006 by Ben Quilty

Truth and Likeness

Previous exhibition, 2006

This exhibition seeks to explore the nature of portraiture, providing an investigation into the importance of likeness to contemporary portraits.

Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty

Virtual highlights tour The masked sitter

Event, Tuesday 9 February

Ben Quilty talks about portraiture as ‘a recording of a moment that reflects the sharing of a story.’

Free.
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Michael Desmond

Biography

Michael Desmond worked at the National Portrait Gallery first as Senior Curator from 2006 to 2011 then as Deputy Director until 2012.

Kenty Maggot 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Ben Quilty, 2010

The Australian painter Ben Quilty discusses his approach to portraiture.

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott
Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Margaret Olley, 1995 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Hammond Care Group 1999

Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley

Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Nick Enright AM 2004

Lauren in Red, 2003

Is the truth of portraiture vested exclusively in likeness?

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

Curator Michael Desmond introduces the exhibition Truth and Likeness, an investigation of the importance of likeness to portraiture.

Margaret Seares, 2018 Cherry Hood

Margaret Seares, 2018 by Cherry Hood

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

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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.