The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen CA

One of the virtues of this ex­hi­bi­tion, drawn from the col­lec­tions of the State Her­mitage Mu­seum in St Peters­burg, is that it deals with a rel­a­tively small num­ber of artists, in­clud­ing Monet, Matisse, Cezanne and Pi­casso. A high point is the wall de­voted to Bon­nard, De­nis and Vuil­lard. The last in par­tic­u­lar stands out — his world shrunk to in­ti­mate in­te­ri­ors with a se­verely lim­ited range of sub­ject mat­ter as well as of colour and tone. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Syd­ney. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm; Wed, 10am-10pm. Tick­ets: $16-$28. Book­ings: 136 246. Un­til March 3. Rome: City and Em­pire The ti­tle of this ex­hi­bi­tion is unusu­ally ap­po­site, for the story of Rome is in­deed one of a city that grew into an em­pire. This ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers many fas­ci­nat­ing glimpses of the com­plex world of Ro­man cul­ture, from por­traits to coins, tools, items from ev­ery­day life and, at the end, sar­coph­a­guses and tomb­stones. Por­traits are per­haps the most strik­ing of th­ese, and we are met at the en­trance by the full-length fig­ure of a pa­tri­cian in a toga.

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