Q. What period does this exhibition cover?
A. Europe 1600 1800

Q. How many works are in the exhibition?
A. More than 90 works, includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles and fashion, prints and drawings

Q. Which artists are represented in this exhibition:
A. There is at least forty known artists in the exhibition, some of which include:

  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Francois Boucher
  • Charles Le Brun
  • Jean Petitot
  • Peter Paul Rubens
  • Hubert Le Sueur
  • Jean-Henri Riesener
  • Nicolas Lancret


Q. Why is the lighting so low in the exhibition?
A. The lighting is low in some areas of the exhibition because the materials those objects are made from are irreversibly damaged by exposure to light. This damage can involve the fading or changing in colour of dyes and pigments, and light can cause some materials to break down. Organic materials like fabric and paper are particularly vulnerable and are displayed with low light levels, while stone, glass and metal, for example, can be viewed with more light. Many of the objects in this exhibition are already hundreds of years old, and we have a duty to care for them and display them under the most appropriate conditions to ensure they are able to be enjoyed long into the future.

Q. Where can I find more information about the items displayed in the exhibition?
A. You can download PDF information sheets about all the works on display from the Victoria and Albert Museum website.

Q. Is there an audio guide?
A. Yes, the cost is $8, concession $6.

Q. Can I take photographs?
A. Yes, visitors are permitted to take photographs with hand-held devices in non-restricted public areas within the Art Gallery of Western Australia for personal use only. The use of tripods, flash or additional lighting is not permitted. Images photographed under this policy cannot be reproduced, displayed on personal websites, or used commercially.

Q. Can I take food and water into the exhibition Gallery?
A. Food and beverage are not permitted in the exhibition Gallery. This precaution ensures that our works of art are protected against accidental and costly damage. You can cloak any large bags, coats, cameras, umbrellas etc at the Gallery Reception.

Q. Why are some works behind glass?
A. Touching artwork can damage it. Whilst the glass prevents visitors from handling our works of art, it also acts as one of the Gallery's security strategies; preserving works for future generations.

Q. Can I sketch in the exhibition space?
A. Sketching and note-taking is permitted in pencil and in supervised groups only - for more information please download our guidelines here. The maximum size sketchbook allowed in the Gallery is the A3 size. Please contact the Public Programs Office on +61 8 9492 6644 for using other art mediums.

Q. What facilities do you have for parents?
A. parents’ room is situated in the main concourse, to the right of the central staircase.

Q. Where can I find ACROD parking near the Gallery?
A. ACROD parking is available in all the Perth Cultural Centre car parks, three of which you will find in the Cultural Centre precinct.

Q. What accessibility facilities does the Gallery have?

A walking frame, manual wheelchairs and an electric buggy are available for visitor’s use. These are provided free of charge from the Gallery Reception. Bookings are advisable to ensure availability. Bookings telephone (08) 9492 6600.

Lifts are available in both the main and adjacent Centenary Galleries enabling access to all Gallery levels.

Access Toilets
Located in the main Gallery building (on the ground floor adjacent to the Art Gallery Shop).

Companion Card is Accepted for this Exhibition. Click here for more information.



Last reviewed 25 August 2011