Hamilton Gallery shines a light on Baroque Masters in a World Premiere Exhibition

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Hamilton Gallery shines a light on Baroque Masters in a World Premiere Exhibition

Credit: Madi Whyte
Words by Staff writer

Rare and iconic artworks by baroque greats unveiled in a groundbreaking showcase.

Hamilton Gallery is set to dazzle art enthusiasts with the world premiere exhibition, Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion, and The Body in the Baroque, presenting over 70 significant works by acclaimed baroque masters, some never before seen in Australia.

In collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), as well as loans from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and private collectors across the country, the exhibition promises a visual feast.

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The showcase will feature works by baroque luminaries such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Guercino, Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Valentin de Boulogne. Notably, contemporary artists Robyn Stacey and Angela Tiatia will also contribute to the exhibition, offering a modern perspective on the baroque style.

Emerging From Darkness is a groundbreaking regional exhibition, delving into the international movement that reshaped the art world in the early 17th century. Laurie Benson, Curator of International Art at NGV, Dr. David Marshall, Assoc. Prof. at the University of Melbourne, Dr. Lisa Beaven, Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University, and Ian Brilley, Exhibitions, and Collections Coordinator at Hamilton Gallery, have curated this ambitious showcase.

The exhibition explores how the baroque movement, which emerged in the 17th century, continues to influence contemporary art. With over 70 works, this immersive experience invites visitors to delve into the rich history and evolution of the baroque style.

Highlighted in the exhibition are paintings by 17th-century female artists, offering a cathartic reinterpretation of violence and turmoil while conveying strong feminist messages of empowerment. An unmissable piece is Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia (1630-5, Italy), making its Australian debut.

The exhibition also features the Self-portrait (1623, Belgium) by the influential baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, on loan from the NGA. Rubens, a powerhouse in 17th-century European art, left an indelible mark with his religious and mythological paintings, royal portraits, and evocative landscapes.

Emerging From Darkness is a rare opportunity for Southern Grampians residents and visitors to witness these iconic baroque works, supported by the Victoria Government’s Regional Events Fund through Visit Victoria.

The exhibition will not only feature the artworks but also include a symposium, a series of talks, tourism packages, and bespoke products. A coffee table publication, containing insightful essays into the artists and their work, will be available for purchase from the gallery.

For more information, visit Hamilton Gallery’s website.