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Tiffany’s Research Notes on “Life in the Temple”:
A striking and complex work, Life in the Temple displays Lindsay’s love of the dramatic and also his great appreciation for the work of other renowned etchers such as Dürer, Rembrandt and Goya.
In Life in the Temple Norman Lindsay draws on a technique often used by Rembrandt in his etchings where he utilised a burst of light to surround his figures in a halo juxtaposed against dark surroundings. The central female figure in Life in the Temple is portrayed in this way, giving the work great mystery and impact. The composition of the group surrounding the nude serve to strengthen her position as the focal point of the etching.
Norman utilises the various personalities of the court to display his great skill at depicting the human form and finer details such as plush fabrics and delicate lace.
Reproduced from the original etching, engraving & stipple of 1937, this limited edition facsimile etching was first issued in 1974 as part of the inaugural release of limited edition facsimile etchings.
Original etchings of Life in the Temple are represented at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Mitchell Library in Sydney.