NGV INTERNATIONAL / MELBOURNE SELF GUIDED FIELD TRIP

NGV INTERNATIONAL / MELBOURNE SELF GUIDED FIELD TRIP

Choose one object from the display to explain Egyptian attitude to death – how does it differ from
yours?
A. 1.2 Choose one example of relief carving and hieroglyphs. Draw a detail, noting the
conventions of representing a human person.

B. Greek vases and painting – a number of vases are available to you for study
B.1.3 Choose ONE of the vases for close study.
Attic Black figure vase painting/ Attic red figure ware
What strikes you about these vessels, consider function, shape, size?
What is depicted? How is it depicted?
What is the difference between the Attic red and black figure painting techniques?
What is the relationship between the vessel and the painting?
How successful is it? What aspect works best for you? Consider decoration and narrative.
C. Greece and Rome
C.1.4 Torso of Athlete
Hellenistic/Roman period, 1stC BC – 1st C AD
Athletic male body, Roman copy of Poykleitos, style 5th C BC and much copied
Consider this torso in the context of our study of the development of the male nude: what is the pose?
Why do you think it was copied? What did the Romans admire in the Greek work?
Consider this as a marble sculpture – use five words that best describe its qualities for you
How does this sculpture speak to you or engage you in the 21st century?
COMPARISON: KHMER, male deity 11th -12th C Cambodia, located in the Asian Gallery
What is the subject of this sculpture? Note and explain the differences in representation of the
male figure.
D Rome
D.1.5 Head of Septimius Severus, Roman period, AD 193-211, marble
D.1.6 head of Vespasian, Roman period AD 50-80, marble
These are portrait heads – what do they reveal about the person? Choose three words to describe
their character (You might also like to compare the Head Covering of Padihorpasherset (Egyptian,1-
2C AD) and the Behnessa, Bust of a woman, late 3rd – early 4th C AD).
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WORK SHEET 2 Medieval and Renaissance period: European Galleries
A small selection of exquisite works are here for your study and enjoyment. Take time to look,
appreciate, compare mediums, styles and content. Think about what you prefer and why.
MEDIEVAL
2.1 Reliquary casket, France Limoges, c. 1200, enamel
What is this object?
Why was it so beautifully crafted?
DRAW a detail
2.2. Stained glass, France, rondel, 13th century
Name the qualities of the material that engage you?
How is colour used?
In your DRAWING consider: armature, pattern, figures
How is the story told?
2.3. Stained glass, England panel, 14th century
Name the qualities of the material that engage you? How is this piece different to 2.2 above?
In your DRAWING consider: armature, pattern, figures
What are the differences in treatment of the lead, the painting and the decorative scheme? NGV INTERNATIONAL / MELBOURNE SELF GUIDED FIELD TRIP
RENAISSANCE
2.4 Agnolo Gaddi, Madonna and Child with St John the Evangelist, St John the Baptist, St James
of Compostela and St Nicholas of Bari, 1388-90; altarpiece; tempera and gold on wood panel
What is an altarpiece? How was it used?
How would you describe this Early Renaissance piece. DRAW a detail or DRAW the composition
of the group.
2.5 Spain, Sculpture, Virgin Enthroned with the Infant Christ, early 16thC How are eastern and
western traditions combined here? Do you see Islamic influences in the patterns of the throne?
HOW do the representations of the Madonna and Child differ in 2.4 and 2.5?
2.6 Giovanni TOSCANI The adoration of the Magi c1420-1430
Enjoy this exquisite little work.
What has Toscani learned from Giotto? Look at the drapery, the weight of the bodies; the
gestures; the facial expressions. How are eastern and western traditions combined here?
2.7 The Derision of Christ, 15thC France, polychrome wood
Consider the representation of the person of Christ: the figure central to understanding early
Christians and Christianity through the medieval and Renaissance periods to the present. How
does this figure speak to you today?
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WORK SHEET 3 Exhibition Reviews: China, Japan and South-east Asia
Choose 3.1, 3.2 OR 3.3 below
3.1 The Art of China – NGV permanent exhibition
A small selection of exquisite works are here for your study and enjoyment.
3.1.1 Your task is first to REVIEW this exhibition. Consider the scope and aim of the exhibition.
There are some extraordinary objects and works in this exhibition. How do they help inform our
understanding of culture in another time and place?
3.1.2 Second, choose one period for study. Draw an object and explain how it represents your chosen
period. Consider craft, skill, design, symbolism, function … as relevant.
OR select two works that reflect aspects of nature (a detail and a broader scope). Compare these
through drawing – what do you learn from each?
OR select one work that inspires you, draw it, reflect on it and create a short poem
3.2 The Art of Japan – NGV permanent exhibition
A small selection of exquisite works are here for your study and enjoyment.
3.2.1 Your task is first to REVIEW this exhibition. Consider the scope and aim of the exhibition.
There are some extraordinary objects and works in this exhibition. How do they help inform our
understanding of culture in another time and place?
3.2.2 Second, choose one period for study. Draw an object and explain how it represents your chosen
period. Consider craft, skill, design, symbolism, function … as relevant.
OR select two works that reflect aspects of nature (a detail and a broader scope). Compare these
through drawing – what do you learn from each?
OR select one work that inspires you, draw it, reflect on it and create a short poem
3.3 The Art of South –East Asia: NGV permanent exhibition
A small selection of exquisite works are here for your study and enjoyment.
3.3.1 Your task is first to REVIEW this exhibition. Consider the scope and aim of the exhibition.
There are some extraordinary objects and works in this exhibition. How do they help inform our
understanding of culture in another time and place?
3.3.2 Second, choose one period for study. Draw an object and explain how it represents your chosen
period. Consider craft, skill, design, symbolism, function … as relevant.
OR select two works that reflect aspects of nature (a detail and a broader scope). Compare these
through drawing – what do you learn from each?
OR select one work that inspires you, draw it, reflect on it and create a short poem
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WORK SHEET 4: the Classical and Gothic languages of architecture:
the former General Post Office (GPO) and St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne
These two 19thcentury buildings will introduce you to the Gothic and Classical languages of
architecture, as interpreted in the 19th century. These are both very fine buildings, St Patrick’s
considered the greatest of the early Gothic Revival cathedrals in Australia; and the GPO a refined
Public Works Department building in the classical style, remarkable for its integrated composition
using the three orders of architecture.
SOME BACKGROUND: Melbourne was the finest 19thC city in the world!
William Wardell’s early Victorian Gothic Cathedral generally follows AWN Pugin’s ideals of honesty
in construction and truth to materials; stone is the preferred material; expression of plan in
elevation is evident; compartmentalisation of parts and adherence to precedents, English and
French, is clear; observance of ritual in liturgy; it is a “village” church, that is you can walk around it
completely.
Smith and Johnston’s GPO building demonstrates the role of architecture in the development of a
provincial Victorian city: Melbourne from goldrush to Federation, when architecture was regarded
as performing an important civilising role.
Note the importance of understanding the language and symbolism of architecture.
ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL East Melbourne MELWAYS 1B R7
William Wardell St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Melbourne, 1858 – 1897
Consider the Gothic style – where do you see the pointed arch? DRAW one in detail.
Describe the exterior in five words (note the stonework: bluestone, freestone or sandstone; the
sculpture and decoration).


Note scale (St Patrick’s is about the same size as Chartres Cathedral in France); while it has
vaulted aisles, it has an English-style timber hammerbeam roof over the nave.
TASK: SKETCH and label the plan, noting the ambulatory and chevet (apsidal) chapels of the east
end (you might like to buy the guide to the Cathedral by Ursula de Jong at the cathedral shop!).


DESCRIBE your experience of the interior in eight words.
THE (former) GENERAL POST OFFICE corner Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne
Smith and Johnston General Post Office (GPO) 1859-1890
Recall the Colosseum, from the lecture on Rome. Smith and Johnston adapt the model of the
Roman Colosseum for their design of the General Post Office (GPO). HOW? Identify the three
orders of the classical style: the Doric, the Ionic and the Corinthian. Take the time to DRAW the
elevation of one vertical bay of the GPO. To what effect have Smith and Johnston used these
classical elements in their design?
Walk through the arcade to get a sense of its qualities in 3D.
How does the building turn the corner?
Finally, try and describe in your own words the differences in the language of architect

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