The countdown is on until the furriest day in NGA history this Saturday! Ahead of Paws for Art we take inspiration from the dogs of Versailles.

Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette shared their palatial home at Versailles with a multitude of canine companions.

Louis XIV has a softer side for his hunting dogs and was known to carry dog biscuits in his pockets, made daily by...
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Pimp your pooch and get snap happy at our Versailles photo booth at Paws for Art this Saturday 21 January from 9am-11.30am. Instant prints to keep and an online album to make you Insta-famous. [ Link ]
Marie-Antoinette had a passion for music, which began when she met Mozart as a child. She often played her harp for the royal court, which featured a pair of doves symbolising tranquility, grace and true love.

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"Australia has lost one of its greatest arts patrons and philanthropists, and the National Gallery of Australia has lost one of its founders." Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director
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Vale James Fairfax. A founder of the NGA and one of Australia’s greatest patrons of the arts.

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Prominent philanthropist and arts patron James Fairfax dies
Fancy a French fable? Join us this Wednesday for storytelling at #NGAPlay.

Booking not required, entry is free.
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Only 12 days to Paws For Art. An event for doggies and their families to make new friends and have lots of furry fun.

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Paws for Art at the National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery!-The RiotACT
'Not only does it inspire me as an artist, it's impossible not to be inspired by it full stop.' Tina Arena, NGA Ambassador.

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Weekend vibes.
Artwork details: Max Dupain - [ Link ]
Transcending her tragic destiny, Marie-Antoinette has become a modern heroine, remembered for her style and struggle as a queen caught in the turmoil of the revolution.

See her portrait and personal possessions today: [ Link ]

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Built on an attitude of agitation, and ostentatious in style, these sculptures by Ramesh Nithiyendran appear to strut and shout, "Look at me! I'm raw and garish. I'm atheist, Hindu, Christian, feminist, queer and gender fluid. I'm exotic and everyday."

On display in our LG galleries.
Spotted the dogs in Versailles royal portraits? A symbol of loyalty and deference, hunting dogs were a favourite of the kings, while lap dogs reigned supreme with queens and mistresses.

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"An exceptionally impressive body of work, glittering in its technical virtuosity"

Frank Stella's exceptionally impressive printmaking
Highlights include storytelling of French fables at NGA Play, Paws for Art, and a lecture on sculpture at Versailles.

January calendar: What's on at the NGA
New Year's Day was the time when the king, queen and family bestowed gifts on the court to show favour or gratitude.

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New Year’s Day gifts at Versailles
Welcome the new year with a flute of Moët & Chandon and a visit to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace.

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*Drink responsibly

Champagne package
Watch the fireworks last night?

Versailles was renowned for spectacle, fireworks and architectural-scale displays. This work from our exhibition shows a birthday celebration for the six year old son of Louis XV. See it today: [ Link ]
Happy new year! #VersaillesNGA

Image: © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Thomas Garnie