Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dutch Masters

Today I went and saw the Dutch Masters Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. An incredibly popular exhibition, most of the pieces were on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam while they under refurbishment.
There were some spectacular pieces of art there, it made the existing Rembrant pieces that the gallery owns, look small amoungst many many other dutch masterpieces.
Of most interest I found was two paintings of a waterwheel almost the same and most likely of the same scence, one by an art tutor and one by his student. It was interesting to see the differences in the two, but what I found most amazing was one painting was from the NGV's existing collection, and the other from the Rijksmuseum being placed together. Kind of like a reunion of two artworks.

I also had the opportunity to see the revamped Shrine of Rememberance. I was quite impressed with what they have done in the new visitors centre. Entering the Shrine through the Crypt is a little different. It would be nice to see a little more about the history of the building, and of the people it represents - it looks if they plan to do this.

And another thing, what a great idea the Sunday Saver metcard is, $2.50 for all travel, all day. The train was packed! (mainly with people going to the show, but I'm thinking more today because of the cost of the ticket). Perhaps reducing the prices of tickets will encourage more use of public transport, particuarly with the cost of petrol.


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