The famous 1887 painting, Slumbering Sea, Mentone, by Tom Roberts,
on permanent display in the National
Gallery of Victoria.
To see how the Heidelberg School artist, Tom Roberts, has captured the feeling of this place, see Google’s zoomable high resolution version. That is part of the Google Cultural Institute, which is an online display of the greatest paintings in the major art galleries of the world. The painting above is best viewed at that high resolution hyperlink as it is one of a number that Google Inc. displays at its gigapixel level of resolution, which allows viewers to zoom into individual brush strokes, as the Institute’s excellent commentary explains. The painting was privately owned until the 1980s, when the National Gallery of Victoria bought it.
The State of Victoria owns both this masterpiece and, more importantly, the splendid landscape it depicts, but there is imminent danger of that landscape – which is of international cultural and scientific interest – being grossly marred and set on the path of ongoing despoilation by Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron’s proposed power boat storage against the cliff and on much of the sea.
constantly eroding, unstable white clay
cliffs in the distance, with the
Victorian Government, in the 1960s,
let the Beaumaris Motor
Yacht Squadron fill the
adjacent waters of
filled area is an enclave in the Beaumaris Bay Fossil
18053 on the Register of the National
Estate) and was partly excised from