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Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum is a stone cottage on a 17 hectares (42 acres) block of land, which was initially owned by the Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay. The property also has some smaller buildings, including two used as oil painting and etching studios.

Lindsay and his wife purchased the house and land in 1913. The estate was developed and transformed over the years by Lindsay. Lindsay added classical colonnades, fountains, paths, and sculptures. In the late 1950s, Lindsay began converting his house into a gallery to accommodate his paintings, statues, drawings, etchings, woodcuts, and ship models.

A Tour of the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

  • “Seahorse Fountain” by Norman Lindsay
  • “Satyress” by Norman Lindsay
  • “Sphinx” by Norman Lindsay

“Seahorse Fountain” by Norman Lindsay

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“Seahorse Fountain” by Norman Lindsay

“Seahorse Fountain” by Norman Lindsay dates from the late 1940s and shows the strong influence of Baroque. This fountain is a bronze copy of the original cement fountain made by Lindsay. The original was removed undercover after copying.

The Seahorse Fountain is one of many sculptures in the garden of the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum. Norman Lindsay made all of the concrete on a metal frame. In the 1980s, many of the concrete sculptures were copied to protect them from environmental and physical damage. The copies were made of bronze, and the original works were moved inside the gallery. Lindsay did not give the sculptures formal names, so the titles are merely descriptive.

Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, and scale modeler. Lindsay is regarded as one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, producing a vast body of work in different media.

Seahorse Fountain

  • Museums:       Seahorse Fountain
  • Created:         1940’s
  • Artist:              Norman Lindsay
  • Museum:        Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

The sphinx Norman Lindsay

“Sphinx” by Norman Lindsay

“Sphinx” by Norman Lindsay dates from the late 1940s and can be found at the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum Gardens. On the track down to the swimming pool, there are two figures which guard the entrance to the northern side of the property. One of the figures is a bronze Sphinx, and opposite the Sphinx is a cement figure a Satyress. This Sphinx is a bronze copy of the original cement work, which is located in the museum. The Sphinx is just one of many sculptures in the garden of the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum.

A sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird. Unlike the Greek sphinx, which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man. In both traditions, sphinxes were thought of as guardians often flanking the entrances to temples. In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a significant revival during the Renaissance. Sphinxes depictions are generally associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The sphinx image also has been adopted into Masonic architecture.

Sphinx

“Satyress” by Norman Lindsay

The satyre Norman Lindsay

“Satyress” by Norman Lindsay

“Satyress” by Norman Lindsay dates from the late 1940s and can be found at the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum Gardens. On the track down to the swimming pool, there are two figures which guard the entrance to the northern side of the property. One of the figures is a cement figure, a Satyress, and opposite the Satyr is a Sphinx.

A Satyress is a female equivalent to a satyr, depicted with a human head and torso, generally including bare breasts, but the body of a goat from the waist down. They were a late invention by poets and artists and are comparatively rare in classical art. Such a creature may also be known as a fauness. Not often portrayed compared to the depictions of male satyrs and centaurs, the satyress figure was known to Renaissance artists, and today is more common in modern fantasy art.

Satyress

  • Museums:       Seahorse Fountain
  • Created:          1940’s
  • Artist:              Norman Lindsay
  • Museum:         Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

Norman Lindsay

  • Artist:                Norman Alfred William Lindsay
  • Born:                1879 – Creswick, Victoria
  • Died:                 1969 (aged 90) – Sydney, New South Wales
  • Nationality:       Australian

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

  • Museums:       Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
  • City:                Sydney
  • Country:          Australia
  • Built:               1900
  • Type:               Art Gallery and Historical Museum
  • Location:         Faulconbridge, New South Wales, Australia

A Tour of the Museums in Sydney, Australia

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“The best love affairs are those we never had.”
– Norman Lindsay

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Photo Credit: JOM; By Sardaka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; By Tatyana Temirbulatova from Sydney, Australia (Norman Lindsay House Uploaded by berichard) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; By Tatyana Temirbulatova from Sydney, Australia (Norman Lindsay House Uploaded by berichard) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons