Bluethumb Home of Australian Artists

Our collections are constantly revitalised through new acquisitions. Recently, a travelling carriage has been donated to the National Trust’s Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, Devon and a 17th-century perspective painting by Hendrick van Steenwyck has returned to Ham House, Surrey. We look after over 300 historic buildings and nearly one million works of art, which need constant care to maintain them. You can help protect these important buildings and collections by donating today.

Most modern public museums and art education programs for children in schools can be traced back to this impulse to have art available to everyone. However, museums do not only provide availability to art, but do also influence the way art is being perceived by the audience, as studies found. Thus, the museum itself is not only a blunt stage for the presentation of art, but plays an active and vital role in the overall perception of art in modern society.

  • The history of 20th-century art is a narrative of endless possibilities and the search for new standards, each being torn down in succession by the next.
  • Aniconism is a general dislike of either all figurative images, or often just religious ones, and has been a thread in many major religions.
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Step into Kingston Lacy in Dorset, the historic home of the Bankes family, and discover a treasure trove of Art News and rare objects with astonishing stories to tell. Join Dr Elena Greer, Property Curator, and Tarnya Cooper, Curation and Conservation Director, as they take you on a tour of the items the family kept in this grand house. Fall into our collections with this selection of autumnal works of art. With its fiery colours, abundant harvest and seasonal traditions, autumn has inspired many eye-catching works, creations and designs.

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Richmond Barthé was an African American figurative artist practising from the 1930s to the 1980s. A rare oil on canvas portrait in the collection at Belton House, Lincolnshire, has recently been attributed to Barthé. The portrait offers new insight into a lesser-known aspect of his work and has served as a catalyst for exploring his story. Join AGA educators and students from St. Stephen’s College Art Therapy program in a free, weekly community-based art-making initiative every Thursday from 12-1pm. This exhibition traces “the monochrome” as a fundamental if surprisingly expansive artistic practice.

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Many of these performances create works that are only understood by the elite who have been educated as to why an idea or video or piece of apparent garbage may be considered art. The marker of status becomes understanding the work instead of necessarily owning it, and the artwork remains an upper-class activity. Public buildings and monuments, secular and religious, by their nature normally address the whole of society, and visitors as viewers, and display to the general public has long been an important factor in their design. Egyptian temples are typical in that the most largest and most lavish decoration was placed on the parts that could be seen by the general public, rather than the areas seen only by the priests. Art Basel is strongly rooted in the principle that galleries play an essential role in the development and promotion of visual arts.

Share your thoughts, experiences, and stories behind the art. Canvas Art Go for an artsy look with museum-quality canvas starting at just $49. The original Fountain by Marcel Duchamp, 1917, photographed by Alfred Stieglitz at the 291 after the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit.