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Portrait of Ern Malley by Sidney Nolan (1973) Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Gift of Sidney and Cynthia Nolan, 1974
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All the portraits in the NPG have a real human being hidden behind them. While they are unlikely to leap out at you and grab you by the ears, they all began as actual human lives. Someone, for whatever reason, chose to commemorate or preserve that person’s image, and thus the portrait was made.

Could this be performance art? Photo taken by Tamsin Hong at the ADFA Graduation Parade, 9th December 2010
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This morning, I was becoming marvelously drenched from the pouring Canberra rain watching my buddy in the annual Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA ) graduation parade.

Deborah Mailman, 1999 by Evert Ploeg
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Two beautiful women are currently on display right next to each other in Gallery 7 of the National Portrait Gallery. This raises plenty of contradictions, as you can read further below.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 by Joseph Karl Stieler
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As a lover of history, I sometimes find myself  eagerly reading the exciting stories of men and women of the past and questioning how different it is from reading gossip magazines.

Postcards

Reflections on portraiture

'Postcards' are reflections on portraiture by Portrait Gallery Director, Angus Trumble, and others.