Monday, 9 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909. The Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Grecian period is represented by "Phryne before Praxiteles" created by Percival Ball at the Singer and Sons Foundry in England in 1900 and unveiled in 1903. Phryne was an ancient Greek courtesan and model shown before the sculptor Praxiteles from the fourth century BC. The name "Titian" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.


  1. Distinctive historical art periods could include everything up to Impressionism, Art Deco and Modernism. I would finish the last two panels in this special year (end of the war in 1918).

  2. You can definitely tell what the artist was trying to depict.

  3. Thanks for participating Jim. I remember seeing those to my visit to the Museum recently.

  4. The roman times are coming back it seems.

    1. s.c, are you suggesting the fall of the empire is happening right now?

  5. Hi Jim, this is a beautiful relief. I had to look up "entablature". Thanks for sharing. Jo

  6. Excellent relief in the classical style. This is the most traditional kind of mural.


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