Preparing for the Exhibition – Gilding the Dome (Illustration)

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Preparing for the Exhibition – Gilding the Dome (Illustration)


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An illustration of painters gilding the dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. This task was undertaken in association with other contracted repainting and redecorating work in the lead-up to the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition. The dome of the Royal Exhibition Building was modelled on Brunelleschi’s fifteenth-century design for the dome of the Florence Cathedral.
About the Royal Exhibition Building:
The Royal Exhibition Building was designed by architect Joseph Reed and completed in 1880. It hosted two major world fairs in the late nineteenth century: the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880 and the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition in 1888. The Great Hall was also used for the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in 1901. The round-arched architectural style of the design combines elements from Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance buildings (‘Rundbogenstil’). Conservation and restoration of the building was completed in 1994, and the Royal Exhibition Building received National and World Heritage listing in 2004.


Calvert, Samuel


State Library of Victoria


Illustrated Australian News


28 April 1888


Illustrated Australian News


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