Go behind-the-scenes as we conserve Anthony Alder’s ‘Red-tailed Black Cockatoos’

Large scale paintings from Queensland’s Colonial period are extremely rare. (Red-tailed Black Cockatoos) by Anthony Alder (1838-1915) dated c.1895 shows a male and female pair of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as Banksian or Banks’ Black Cockatoo, native to Australia and found in eucalyptus woodlands or along water courses. This species has disappeared…

Anthony Alder’s ‘Heron’s home’

Once a prominent colonial Queensland artist, Anthony Alder (1838-1915) and his works had all but vanished from public memory until, in 2011, his descendants’ estate was offered to the State Library of Queensland. Here, we reintroduce you to one of his works Heron’s home 1895. DELVE DEEPER: KNOW BRISBANE through the QAGOMA Collection SIGN UP…

Watch as we clean Anthony Alder’s ‘Heron’s home’

Watch our time-lapse as Anthony Alder’s original colours are restored in Heron’s home showing the full tonal range and sharpness of colour. A final varnish layer on a finished painting has been an artistic practice for centuries. Artists often apply a transparent varnish to give saturation and their desired level of gloss to the painting, as well…