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Ned Kelly and death masks

'Judge a person by their cover'

Phrenology
Video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Alexandra Roginski explains the history behind the pseudo-science of phrenology, popular in the nineteenth century.

This video was produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Video transcript

1 . Ned Kelly death mask date unknown All an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer.

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Little faces

Wed 26 May until Fri 25 Jun
10:30am

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Good, bad and the ugly

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond explores what makes a portrait subject significant.

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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.

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