• Aboriginal Victoria, Parrying shield (side A), late nineteenth century, wood and natural pigment. The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture, the University of Melbourne. 1960.0689

    John Gould, artist
    Elizabeth Gould, artist
    Charles Joseph Hullmandel, lithographer
    Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus
    , Kuhl [Satin bower-bird], c. 1844, lithograph, originally published in vol. 4 of The birds of Australia, 7 vols, London, 1840–48; printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Society of Collectors 1951. 1951.0003

  • Thursday talks: Seeing the natural world: birds, animals and plants of Australia

    Curator floor talk

    Thursday 28 Mar 2013, 1.00- 1.30pm
    Dr Donna Leslie

    Join curator Donna Leslie as she discusses her discoveries and decisions in developing this exhibition.

    This exhibition considers afresh Aboriginal and European cultural ways of seeing the natural world in Australia. Featuring bark paintings, nineteenth century natural history illustrations of Australian birds and animals, and contemporary Australian botanical illustrations, it is a thought-provoking and beautiful exhibition.

    Viewers are encouraged to consider Aboriginal ways of seeing the natural world through stories and cultural meanings, and to contemplate European cultural traditions in seeing and depicting nature through observation and documentation.

    Please RSVP by clicking orange box above.

    More information about the exhibition here.

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