In 1944, Geelong Gallery welcomed a large number of prints by Australian artist, Lionel Lindsay, into the collection. Overall, 105 works were acquired through purchase and gift by Lindsay himself: an impressive influx of work by one of Australia’s most significant printmakers in a single year.
Lindsay’s extensive travels across Italy and Spain are documented throughout these wood engravings, etchings, engravings and drypoints, which depict the architecture, streetscapes and everyday life in Southern Europe during the early twentieth century.
Lindsay was particularly interested in churches and the way these structures belonged to the social fabric of the towns and cities he visited. The Sagrario, Malaga depicts the Iglesia de Santa María del Sagrario, an iconic Elizabethan Gothic church in Málaga, Spain, and the wide variety of residents who convened in its surrounds.