GMCT Connections: Celebrating life through art

An art deco mural by acclaimed twentieth century artist Christian Waller has been loaned by GMCT for inclusion in a new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.

 robe of gloryChristian Waller, The robe of glory (detail) 1937. oil on canvas. 172.0 x 267.0 cm. Collection of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Robe of Glory was commissioned in 1937 to hang in the newly-built Southern Chapel at Fawkner Memorial Park as part of Victoria's first modern, purpose-built crematorium complex.

Robe of Glory spans almost three metres wide and two metres high. The work draws on Art Deco influences and references to Egyptian art to depict the son of the King and Queen of Dawn abandoning earthly life and returning to heaven, accompanied by the words ‘To the Way That I Came I Betook Me’.

Robe of Glory was acknowledged in the citation when Fawkner Memorial Park was recognised by the Victorian Heritage Council as a place of significance in 2014. In recent years, it has been on display in the administration building at Fawkner Memorial Park.

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