Closer: Old Favourites, New Stories

16 December 2017 – 26 August 2018

New perspectives on ten of the Gallery’s best-loved paintings.

Who were the refugees in Frances Hodgkins’s Unshatterable? Why does the young woman in the Wizard’s Garden look so troubled? Where did the special peonies in Jan Franz van Son’s Flowers in a Vase come from? And what was Gerrit Dou’s seventeenth-century Physician peering at in the glass flask? From the bustling port of Lyttelton to a wintery Dutch funeral, Closer uncovers the stories behind ten of the Gallery’s most famous paintings—told through new video, audio and photographs.