Help Fund Research into Significant Artworks

Understanding the history and provenance of our artefacts and in this case our artworks is an important and ongoing part of the Abbey Museum collection management. However, this is only possible with the support of many people.

The Abbey is seeking donations to support the extensive research of our Old Master painting collection.
To undertake the in-depth research required for each painting will cost $2250.

Please consider choosing a painting for which you will fund the research. You may wish to do this in one lump sum or as a weekly or monthly payment. There are 30 paintings in all to choose from.

Your generosity will be noted in the catalogue that will accompany the opening of the art gallery and on our website. You will also receive a complimentary copy of the catalogue.

If you are interested learning more or helping with this exciting project please contact the Abbey Museum.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

About the Collection

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is home to a significant collection of Old Master paintings, icons and 17- 18th century Royal Academy watercolours. They were acquired in England (ca.1928-34), and formed part of the Abbey Folk Park, Britain’s first social history museum.

For many years the Abbey Museum has been raising funds towards building a Gallery so these amazing works of art could go on display for the public.

The Queensland Art Gallery displayed them for 10 years in return for an extensive conservation program undertaken by one of Australia’s leading conservators, John Hook.

However, thanks to a generous infrastructure funding grant from the Queensland State Government our vision can now become a reality. Plans are now underway to build an Art Gallery and our major collection of European Renaissance and Baroque artworks are due to be on display for the public to enjoy by mid-2024.

Prior to the opening, it is important that a more precise provenance for these works of art is fully understood. We have commissioned Ms Julia Jackson, who has worked as a researcher with the National Gallery of Victoria International, to undertake this task. However, provenance research is a time consuming and costly process and we are seeking your help.

DISCLAIMER: While the works are ascribed to various artists and dates based on current knowledge, new research may result in new attributions different from those that have been funded.

Research with Julia Jackson

The Abbey Museum has engaged Ms Julia Jackson to conduct provenance research of the paintings in our Old Masters collection.

Julia come highly recommended; she has a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Foundation Certificate in Art Law, from the Institute of Art & Law (IAL) in London. She worked as a cataloguer at the National Gallery of Victoria from 2009 – 2017.

Julia brings to this project a wide experience in provenance and object-based research across museums, galleries and community history collections.

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Katherine of Alexandria. Copy after a painting by Antonio Allegri, called Correggio (1489–1534)

W01995

Italian.

Possibly Late 17th century. Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Pledged

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

Madonna and Christ Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist and St Anne. Copy after a painting by Antonio Allegri, called Correggio (1489–1534)

W01996

Italian.

Posssibly Late 17th century. Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Pledged

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

Crucifixion with St Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross attributed to Francisco Ribalta (1565-1628)

W01425

Spanish Baroque.

Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal $2250

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

The Mater Dolorosa. Copy after a painting by Carlo Dolci

W01992

Italian.

Probably 18th century.  Oil on panel

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Funding Goal $2250

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

St Teresa of Avila

W01423

Artist unknown, probably Spanish

17th century.  Oils on copper

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Funding Goal $2250

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

Virgin Mary and Child

W01411

Ferrara, Italy

Reputedly by Ludovico Mazzulino (1480 – c. 1528)

Oil on panel

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Funding Goal $2250

Artwork Research Funded by: AVAILABLE

Madonna at prayer by Giovanni Battista Salvi da  Sassoferrato (1609-1685)

W01417

Italian

17th Century. Oil on panel

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Funding Goal Pledged

Artwork Research Pledged by:

Anne Vickers

Allegory of the Birth of John the Baptist attributed to Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652)

W01424

To be identified

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Simon & Maria Durrant

Lady Agnes Percy

W01990

English

18th century.  Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Greg and Robin Czechura

Head of St John the Divine

Q03915

Swedish

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Marta Botta

Last Supper (Aumbrey door)

W01414

Unknown artist in the style of El Greco

Probably 16th century. Oil on wood panel.

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Abbey Museum Friends

St Clare

W01421

Artist unknown, probably Spanish or Italian 

Probably 17th century. Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Antonia Simpson

Winged Triptych of Crucifixion with Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and St John and Donors

W01407

Perhaps by Van Merens
Flemish, 16th cent
Oils on panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Anne Vickers

Mystical Marriage of St Katherine of Alexandria

W01096

Italian Renaissance

Possibly 14th century. Oil on wood panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Libby and Keith Gladwin

Guardian Angel with child and devil

Q01418

French

Possibly Nicholas Poussin (1594 –1665)

Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Anne Vickers

Ascension of Christ

W01410

Artist unknown: Possibly Italian School

Oil on panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

General Donations

The Bridgewater Madonna. Copy after a painting by Raffaelo Sanzio (1483-1520)

W01994

17th century copy

Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Paul and Vicki Garcia

St Cecilia flanked by angels

W01419

Italian School:  Late 16th century

Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Fran and Fr Paul Strong

Gargoyle by Peter Paul Rubens

W00000

Flemish

ca. late 16th to early 17th century: Chalk on paper

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Abbey Museum Friends

Adoration of the Shepherds after Gerhardt van Honthorst (1592–1656)

W00000

Netherlandish

c 1622. Oil on panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

The Abbey Community

Madonna and Child

W01492

ca.1520 AD.

Possibly North Italy (Tyrol).  Oil on panel in a tabernacle frame

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Bribie Island Historical Society

Ecce Homo

W01413

Attributed by Ward to Annabelle Carracci, but probably by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682)

17th century.  Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Ann Baillie and Steve Stockwell

Madonna and Child attributed to Carlo Marrata  (1625 –1713)

W01993

Italy.

Late 17th-18th century.  Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Pledged

Artwork Research pledged by:

Fr Paul and Sr Cecilia

Pieta

W01409

Italy, style of Tintoretto.

Possibly mid-15th century.  Oil on panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Michael Strong and Edith Cuffe

Wedding Feast of Cana

W01415

Possibly Italian.

Late 16th century.  Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Abbey Museum Friends

Angel with Lily

W01416

Probably Italy

16th to 17th century

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Rosalie Gilbert

St Roche’s dog

W01033

Reputedly from Milan, Italy

ca. early 14th century AD

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Barry Clark

St Peter in Prison

W01406

Perhaps Italy or Flanders

Probably 16th century. Paint on wood panel

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Elizabeth Gladwin and Shallan Day

Desposition from the Cross

W01408

Possibly Venetian School

ca. 17th century. Oil on copper

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Funded by:

Anne Vickers

Crucifixion. Attributed to Pierre Paul Prud’hon (1758 –1823)

W01422

French.

Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Pledged

Artwork Research Pledged by:

Greg & Robin Czechura

Man in Blue, attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

W01991

English

Late 18th – early 19th century.  Oil on canvas

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Funding Goal Met

Artwork Research Pledged by:

Gregory and Robin Czechura

If you are unable to fund an entire painting above but would still like to make a partial contribution please click the link below. The Museum appreciates and greatly values any contribution made towards our goal.

*Acknowledgements will only be made where an individual / group / organisation has fully funded the artwork.