Artist, teacher and Manly local, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), was instrumental in establishing both MAG&M and its collection of Australian art. MAG&M holds over 100 letters, notes and photographs by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and this online archive provides insights into the artist, teacher and mentor. 

His influence as a teacher was pivotal, as he mentored and encouraged so many of the early Australian modernist artists in Sydney, including Grace Cossington Smith, Donald Friend and Roy De Maistre. 


We hold over over 100 letters by and to Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo offering insights into the artist and the Gallery from 1925 to 1940s.


Read a brief overview of the milestones of Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo's life and a summary of his exhibitions.

Life and times

Jean Campbell writes about her mentor - how his enthusiasm for art led to the foundation of the MAG&M and inspiration of a whole generation of ...

Image detail: Rainbow over Sydney Headlands. oil on board


View the list of researchers who contributed to these pages

Students and recollections

Read recollections and stories about his character, teaching methods, and the bond he established between teacher and student.


Discover the extensive collection of Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo's works