Gallery rolls out giant art
THE biggest painting at the National Gallery of Victoria will go on public display today after being rolled up in storage for more than 70 years.
The 500kg work, painted in 1872, has been returned to its former glory following a painstaking 10- week restoration.
Gallery staff were overjoyed to finally hang Moses bringing down the Tables of the law, which took acclaimed historical artist John Rogers Herbert six years to paint.
“It really is a big moment and there’s people all around Melbourne who know about the painting and are dying to see it,” head of conservation Michael Varcoe- Cocks said.
“It’s a seriously amazing painting.”
The imposing work is so large ( 6m x 4m) that it did not fit through any doorways or in lifts. It needed to be rolled up on large cylinders to be moved into the gallery with the heavy frame in six pieces.
Mr Varcoe- Cocks said 24 staff worked on the restoration.
“It was a slow, elaborate and complex process because the painting is so big,” he said.