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The studio portrait: From Rembrandt to R Ian Lloyd

Rothko observed that 'all painting is portraiture…and, in a way, all studios are portraits'. The portrait of an artist at work in his or her studio is a time-honoured tradition. Andrew Sayers gives an insightful overview of the genre.

Andrew is Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Previously he was assistant director (collections) and curator of Australian drawings at the National Gallery of Australia, and assistant director at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly works on Australian art in a range of publications, including Drawing in Australia, Sidney Nolan: the Ned Kelly story, Aboriginal artists of the nineteenth century and the 'Australian Art' volume of the Oxford history of art.