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Published May 20th 2019
Art is even more enticing when it's free
If staring intently at art is your thing, here's your chance to do so. Artworks from various parts of Europe, Asia, and the subcontinent are now being exhibited at NGV International on St Kilda Road. And like they say, the best things in life are free and this fiesta of art qualifies.
This beautiful limestone sculpture is that of St Catherine of Alexandria holding the wheel and a palm frond. It is the work of Jaume Cascalls from Spain and dates back to the 14th century.
This one titled Seated Female is an impressive specimen of Chinese sculpture dating back in time to 700- 750 AD. It is made of earthenware enhanced with pigments adding distinct colouring. The pigments are of three tones, green, amber, and off-white, characteristic of Sancaiware pottery.
The story of Prince Vessantara's return to his kingdom with his family is depicted here in this exquisite piece of art from Thailand. It is ink on cotton and wood, using pigments and gold leaf work. Although telling a tale as old as time, it was purchased by NGV as recently as 2016.
This is a reliquary casket, presumably meant to hold relics of a saint, and dates back to the 13th century. It originates from Limoges, France and is made of wood inlaid with enamel work. The enamel is made of ground glass engraved onto a copper surface and was all the rage in the Middle Ages.
Exquisite silverware fashioned in 18th century England. This is a silver epergne or centrepiece that the English 'borrowed' from the French to show they could be elegant as well. It is meant to hold pride of place at the very centre of the dining table and hold delicacies as well as cruets of vinegar, oils, and yep, probably good ol' ketchup.
The International Art Exhibition is now showing and is open 10am-5pm daily. They have guided tours, which can be quite enlightening and may enhance your artistic experiencing. Guided tours are of 50 mins and are available at 11am, 12pm. 1pm, 2pm daily. At other times you can do it at your own pace and take it all in as you please.