RO Y AL ART I N T H E C OLL E C TIO N O F T H E N ATIO N AL G ALL E R Y O F A U S TRALIA – TAASA Review March 2014
Melanie Eastburn A mong the many treasures of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) are some exceptional works of art that were once held in royal collections in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.
Although acquired for their quality and aesthetic appeal rather than the nobility of their past owners, their royal connections certainly add to the richness of their stories.
These diverse works of art range in date from the early 11th to the 20th century and were created in media significant to the cultures and times in which they were made. One of the most recent acquisitions is an extraordinary six-fold Thai screen...