“Mommy! Mommy! Why is Madonna so sad with that baby in her arms?” These are the type of intriguing questions that will get answered for your kids and for you if you visit the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Don’t miss the chance to educate your child and provide the best exposure to art and culture that they need and book cheap flights to Melbourne.
The art gallery and museum was founded in 1861 and it is currently the largest and oldest public gallery in all of Australia. At the time the gallery was opened, for the past 10 years Victoria had been an independent colony and easily the richest part in Australia. Other than the generous donations of works of art and the donated funds from the wealthy citizens have helped in the purchase of large amazing collections of art work from overseas by old and modern artists. The gallery is currently a holder of over 65,000 works of art. Each exhibit displays a phenomenon of nature, as you take the stroll down the halls you can feel as if the pieces of art are coming to life and you stare away in wonder. The international collection includes works by Marco Palmezzano, Peter Paul Rubens, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Paolo Veronese, Paolo Uccello and many more. In the Modern collection the gallery has expanded to many new exhibits such as the fashion exhibit, textile, photography, Australian Aboriginal art along with old masterpieces such as Greek pottery, Egyptian artifacts, European ceramics and a comprehensive range of artwork.
The gallery itself is an architectural piece of art. The entrance is shaped like a giant mouse hole with grey stone and marble columns and features a beautiful waterfall. The view towards the south of the gallery is also features different fountains that light up at night and water columns surround the back side of the gallery. The sign on the entrance is carved into stone by Walter Langcake but the best is yet to come. Inside the Leonard French ceiling criss-crosses in lattices format all over the upper gallery and conference rooms. It feature stain glass figurines in beautiful shades of blue, green, purple and yellow. On a sunny day they light up to reveal their true beauty.
The current Director of the Gallery, Gerard Vaughan invites all families to come and help support the art school that helps the under-privileged children to achieve their artistic dreams. So don’t miss your chance to come experience this amazing art gallery with your friends and family.