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Window to the Tyler Collection now on show

A selection of beautiful art works from the Tyler Collection is now on show at the University of Tasmania's Morris Miller Library.

In 2013 the University received the Tyler Collection, a generous bequest by University alumnus Geoffrey Tyler and his wife Frances.

The majority of artwork is Romanian, obtained when Geoffrey made frequent visits to Romania between 1973 and 1987 as part of his position in the international monetary fund.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development), Professor Janelle Allison, said the exhibition was "just a taste" of the Tyler Collection.

"It is a delight to be able to showcase some of pieces from the collection. The greater number of works are presently housed in the administration building, and we have plans to find a long term home for them."

Mrs Frances Tyler officially opened the exhibition. She told guests how she was moving to a new house, chosen for "maximum wall space" to display the remaining pieces of the Tyler Collection, which will eventually come to the University.

Registrar and Keeper of the University Fine Art Collection, Rachael Rose, said the religious icons were "the soul of the collection" and the focus of the selection of works on display in the Library.

"The icon is one of the most important genres of Byzantine art. Christ, saints and religious scenes were used as objects of veneration in orthodox churches and homes alike for centuries. Geoffrey observed that on his visits, most Romanian artists had these on their walls.

"The dominant artist in this collection, Corneliu Petrescu, was clearly influenced by this Byzantium past.

"But the most important thing about the Tyler Collection is what it meant to Geoffrey. He didn't collect art for show, prestige, or financial profit; but because he was moved by the imagery and the artists who made it."

 Image: University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen and Mrs Frances Tyler.

Published on: 23 Mar 2015 3:17pm