News from Loans: Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery

Still life, mid-to-late 17th century, Germany. Maker unknown, van Kessel II, Jan. Gift of Dr G.F.V. Anson, T.V. Anson, H.V. Anson and Mrs F.S. Maclean, 1943. Te Papa

Back in August 2012 I alerted you to the glorious exhibition titled Angels & Aristocrats. The exhibition, curated by Mary Kisler, celebrates the rich variety of early European art collected by New Zealand’s public art galleries since the 19th century.  Te Papa is one of those institutions that lent paintings to the exhibition. 

Portrait of Captain James Cook, circa 1780, England. Webber, John. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1960. Te Papa

In August 2012 the exhibition was showing in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and it has since been on display at Te Papa in Wellington.  It is now showing in the place where it was conceived; at the Auckland Art Gallery. 

Portrait of a young man, 16th century. Mor van Dashorst, Anthonis. Gift of Miss Noeline Baker, 1955. Te Papa

I was in Auckland at the weekend and I took the opportunity to visit.  It looks quite different to the exhibition at Te Papa but no less wonderful. And the exhibition still contains paintings from Te Papa’s collection which look splendid on the walls. 

Mrs Humphrey Devereux, 1771, Boston. Copley, John Singleton. Gift of the Greenwood family, 1965. Te Papa

The exhibition ends on 10 June 2013 so there is still a little time to visit if you haven’t done so already.  If you do go, look out the five paintings Te Papa lent to the exhibition.

Portrait of Mrs W. Collins, 1826. Carpenter, Margaret. Gift of John Duthie, 1912. Te Papa

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