Moorabool has a vast amount of Art to present in the near future, from 17th-18th century drawings to 20th century Australiana.
17th & 18th century ‘Genre’ scenes
The concept of ‘Genre’ – everyday scenes – became an artistic trend in the 17th century, and has remained ever since. Moorabool has a fascinating group of Oil & Watercolour artworks of landscapes – mostly Dutch – populated by people going about their everyday lives. They become fascinating windows into the past.
The Grand Tour
Taking the Grand Tour was the essential event in a Gentlemans – an Ladies – life. It ensured adventure and cultural credentials once back at home in England – and of course, a souvenir or two to show off with was essential! While ancient artefacts were brought back, many seem to have grought back replicas – probably oblivious that the Ancient Greek pot they had bought from the tomboralli was still warm from the kiln….
A large number of artists also went on a Grand Tour, to study and copy the Ancient Greek & Roman remains.
The Grand Tour selection at Moorabool covers all these origins – alongside a stock of original Ancient Art & Artefacts.
‘Romantic’ Landscape art is based on the exploration of the wilderness, the rugged far-flung parts of Britain & the Continent that were often hard to access, but rewarded with spectacular ‘Picturesque’ sights. This was a late 18th century movement, and was embraced by a large number of artists in Britain.
A Potential Major literary discovery:
Is this an early depiction of the Bronte Sisters?