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Two Faces: The National Portrait Gallery and Academia

Findlay, Elisabeth Ann


In December 2008 the doors of the new Australian National Portrait Gallery were opened to the public. Visitor numbers quickly exceeded expectations and currently stand at over 1.5 million. In this paper it will be argued that the appeal of the portrait gallery relies upon the presentation of an accessible and relatively simple view of biography. This simple view is at odds with academic perspectives and revisionist scholarship which increasingly examines portraits as complex, dense and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2012.659805


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