A free entry

Open daily 10am — 5pm, except Christmas day

Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets

Contact us

+64 9 379 1349

hello@aucklandartgallery.com

Love, Longing, Loss

Love, Longing, Loss
Frank Bramley
For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven 1891
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1913

Exhibition Details

Throughout history, cultures have marked rites of passage – birth, marriage and death – according to their beliefs and customs. In Western art, the rediscovery of literature and art from the classical world fuelled a desire to understand the current day by learning from earlier cultures.

In the Renaissance, Ovid’s myths and legends, Pliny’s descriptions of the natural world, and the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, were interpreted anew in art, literature and science.

In the 19th century, antiquities from ancient Egypt, classical Greece and Rome influenced a new movement – Aestheticism – where artists such as Frederic Leighton focused on beauty for its own sake. Others rejected the past, their works capturing the joys and trials of everyday life. While industrial development ultimately brought massive wealth to Britain, Death, the great leveller, still waited in the wings. Mourning lovers longed for a joyous reunion in the next world; while the tragic demise of romantic figures from the past created a powerful link with the present.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Mackelvie Gallery, Mezzanine level
Cost
Free entry

related artworks

View Artwork

On display

A Dream
A Dream

Frederic Leighton

On display

Production date
1859-1860
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1950 x 1230 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1925
Accession no
M1925/2
View Artwork

On display

The Spirit of the Summit
The Spirit of the Summit

Frederic Leighton

On display

Production date
1894
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2291 x 1319 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1926
Accession no
1926/4
View Artwork

On display

Still life with fruit and shellfish
Still life with fruit and shellfish

J Bourjinon

On display

Production date
1657
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
433 x 1371 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, 1954
Accession no
U/50