Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand

Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand
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Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery in in New Zealand. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Explore its collection of more than 15,000 artworks, very interesting!

Current exhibition opens this Saturday 23 March on Level 1. Entry is free.

If you have the chance, don’t miss this event!

Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand

J Bourjinon, Still life with fruit and shellfish (detail), 1657, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, 1954.


For the next three months, the exhibition based on Mary Kisler’s book Angels & Aristocrats will be on display at Auckland Art Gallery. Here’s Mary to tell you more about it…

“It’s been tremendously exciting putting our version of Angels & Aristocrats together. The touring show, which has already visited Dunedin and Wellington, has a core of 52 works, but each Gallery has added further works from its own collections. It’s like baking the same cake, then really going to town on the decoration.

In Auckland we’ll be showing more than 90 works, as well as an 18th century court coat, Staffordshire dogs, and most fascinating of all collections of iridescent beetles, golden butterflies and bugs, all from Auckland Museum.

Angels & Aristocrats ranges from Renaissance Madonnas, landscapes and portraits, to naughty Duchesses and emerging theatre stars of their time. In some rooms, naked nymphs compete for space with raging battles and village fairs.

If I had to choose a favourite space, it would be the room filled with animalia – painted tigers, sheep, birds and even Phar Lap’s remarkable ancestor, Eclipse, the fastest horse in England at the time.

But don’t let my choice influence you – come along and see for yourselves.”

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  • Love this painting by J Bourjinon. I’m going to read the novel, it must be really interesting. Angels are always a good topic 😉

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