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Hidden symbols: decoding vanitas paintings
Hidden symbols: decoding vanitas paintings

12pm

Free

Senior Curator, Mary Kisler looks at the symbolism of the vanitas used by both 17th century painters such as Bourjinon, Collier and Netscher and contemporary New Zealand photographer Fiona Pardington.

Artworks

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Vase with roses
Vase with roses

William de Belleroche

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on plywood
Size (h x w)
454 x 349 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948
Accession no
1948/7/10
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Bowl of Roses
Bowl of Roses

Alfred O'Keeffe

Production date
1934
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
425 x 374 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/9
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Still Life: Roses and Arum Lilies
Still Life: Roses and Arum Lilies

Alfred O'Keeffe

Production date
1906
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
254 x 368 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1957
Accession no
1957/18/3
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Butcher's Shop Window
Butcher's Shop Window

Bryony Dalefield

Production date
1972
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
245 x 165 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1976
Accession no
1976/6/1
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Flowers in a Vase
Flowers in a Vase

Mildred Collyer

Production date
Unknown
Medium
linocut
Size (h x w)
206 x 170 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/207
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Honeysuckle Roses and Carnations
Honeysuckle Roses and Carnations

Charles Leslie

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on paper
Size (h x w)
260 x 366 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/36
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In the Rosary, Cambridge Domain
In the Rosary, Cambridge Domain

Unknown artist

Production date
early 20th century
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
149 x 206 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marshall Seifert, 2002
Accession no
2002/28/3/19
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Rose, New York
Rose, New York

Ernst Haas

Production date
1981
Medium
dye transfer print
Size (h x w)
330 x 496 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Hallmark Cards, 1987
Accession no
1987/42/12
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(A Merry Christmas)
(A Merry Christmas)

Unknown artist

Production date
Unknown
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
102 x 149 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1990
Accession no
1990/14/11
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Woman with Roses
Woman with Roses

John Lewis

Production date
1824-1876
Medium
watercolour and gouache
Size (h x w)
270 x 208 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/63
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Sarah 1967
Sarah 1967

Marti Friedlander

Production date
2000
Medium
gelatin silver prints, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
479 x 483 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001
Accession no
2000/28/149
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A Coming Nelson
A Coming Nelson

Frederick Morgan

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
620 x 895 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Viscount Leverhulme, 1924
Accession no
1924/5/4
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Autumn Roses
Autumn Roses

Robert Anning Bell

Production date
1906
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
519 x 770 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1912
Accession no
1912/4
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Quiddities I - X
Quiddities I - X

Julia Morison

Production date
1989
Medium
cibatransparencies
Size (h x w)
980 x 720 x 268 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1991
Accession no
1991/8/1-10
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Desert Roses
Desert Roses

Eva Watson

Production date
circa 1925
Medium
colour woodcut
Size (h x w)
243 x 240 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/113
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The Story of a New Zealand River
The Story of a New Zealand River

Michael Parekowhai

Production date
2001
Medium
paua, capiz, lacquer and wood on a concert grand piano
Size (h x w)
1015 x 1580 x 2725 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from the Thanksgiving Foundation, 2001
Accession no
L2001/26
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Soft Target I
Soft Target I

Fiona Pardington

Production date
1991
Medium
gelatin silver print in wooden frame with oil paint and collage
Size (h x w)
1350 x 995 x 144 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1991
Accession no
1991/9
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E H McCormick Papers
E H McCormick Papers
Production date
1890-1991
Credit line
E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Linda Gill, 2015
Accession no
RC2015/4

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