Luke Roberts on Sculpture

Luke Roberts’s Wunderkammer/Kunstkamera (detail) 1994 is an all-encompassing work, it includes found objects, homemade dolls, mementos, remade and modified objects, as well as featuring selected historical works from the Gallery’s Collection. Each object is labelled by the artist, with some labels factual and others taking more creative leaps, and they are presented in a museum…

The Jewellery of Mrs Delicado de Imaz

This is the second last post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘.  Vicente López Portaña’s technical skill and precise depictions made him a favourite painter to a society eager to show off their status. His attention to detail knows no bounds — so we can only hope that Mrs Delicado…

Gordon Hookey on Sculpture

Gordon Hookey’s King hit (for Queen and Country) 1999 is a provocative work that intimates action. The work consists of a boxing bag painted with porcine depictions of John Howard, Pauline Hanson and David Oldfield who hold their boxing gloves raised at the viewer ready for a fight. Below the bag is set of boxing…

The Jewellery of widow María Antonia Gonzaga

This is the fourth post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘.  Francisco de Goya’s portrait captures a small woman with a strong character — one can imagine her maintaining decisive control of her family’s fortunes. Her white shawl, ribbons and rose reveal a new softness and delicacy in vogue…

The Jewellery of Tomás de Iriarte

This is the third post by Brisbane Jeweller, Barbara Heath focusing on the jewellery in ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado‘.  The poet, playwright and composer Tomás de Iriarte (1750–91) who appears to be around 35 in this portrait wears a hard stone cameo on his little finger — two centuries on from Clara Eugenia’s symbol of dynastic continuity…

Insult to injury

The entry of Napoleon’s troops into Spain in early 1808 began a tragic period in the country’s history, known in Spain as the War of Independence, and in English as the Peninsular War (1808–14). Napoleon’s overthrowing of the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appointment of his own brother, Joseph, as King, inspired a popular revolt in…