Blog: Scottish Art

  • 2017 at the National Galleries of Scotland

    by Will Snow, Marketing Officer, 06 December 2016 3 Comments

    We look ahead to next year's exciting exhibition programme.

    2017 at the National Galleries of Scotland

    2017 at the National Galleries of Scotland

  • Winter Guests at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    by Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator Eighteenth-Century Collections, 05 December 2016 1 Comments

    New loans from the National Trust for Scotland

    Winter Guests at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    Allan Ramsay, Agnes Murray Kynynmound, 1739. The National Trust for Scotland, Newhailes (Acc. No. 21.39). Image courtesy of The National Trust for Scotland

  • A remarkable installation by Steven Campbell is bought for the nation

    by Adeline Amar, Press Officer, 16 November 2016

    Steven Campbell's 'On Form and Fiction' joins the Glasgow Life and National Galleries of Scotland's collection

    A remarkable installation by Steven Campbell is bought for the nation

    On Form and Fiction by Steven Campbell (1990) © © The Estate of Steven Campbell

  • The Hand!

    by Phil Hunt, Digital Technical Officer, 31 October 2016

    Creeping hands, terror frustratingly lurking just out of frame and a pair young lovers blissfully unaware of the horrific fate that awaits them. Horror film motifs in William Dyce's Francesca da Rimini.

    The Hand!

    Francesca da Rimini (detail), William Dyce, 1837

  • Facing the World and Facing Oneself: The Inescapable Ambiguity of Self-Portraiture

    by John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, 15 September 2016

    What did Rembrandt or Wilkie see when they looked in the mirror? And what do you or I see there? Professor of Philosophy John Haldane reflects on the paradoxical nature of self-portraiture.

    Facing the World and Facing Oneself: The Inescapable Ambiguity of Self-Portraiture

    Self-Portrait (detail), Rembrandt van Rijn, 165(5?) Scottish National Gallery (Bridgewater Loan)

  • Scottish National Gallery Picture Shock – What a Carry On!

    by Helen Smailes and Lesley Stevenson, 03 August 2016 1 Comments

    A new acquisition by Scottish artist Alexander Carse goes on display following conservation treatment.

    Scottish National Gallery Picture Shock – What a Carry On!

    Detail of our new Alexander Carse painting

  • Document Scotland - Drawn to the Land

    by Sophie Gerrard, Photographer, 08 April 2016 1 Comments

    Sophie Gerrard talks about the experience of creating her part of the exhibition The Ties that Bind, entitled Drawn to the Land.

    Document Scotland - Drawn to the Land

    Sophie Gerrard with Sybil MacPherson in Argyll photographing her for the project Drawn to the Land. October 2015.

  • A New Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

    by Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator, 30 March 2016 1 Comments

    A painting made during Charles's brief time in Edinburgh in 1745 goes on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

    A New Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

    Prince Charles Stuart, by Allan Ramsay, 1745

  • Document Scotland - Reading Matters

    by Stephen McLaren, 15 February 2016

    Stephen McLaren, photographer and one quarter of Document Scotland, explains how books were a massive inspiration for 'A Sweet Forgetting', his part of The Ties the Bind.

    Document Scotland - Reading Matters

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  • An Adventure in Colour

    by Arthur Melville, artist, 01 January 2016

    In this journal entry from June 1882, artist Arthur Melville recounts his hair-rising journey through the area that is now northern Iraq.

    An Adventure in Colour

    Arthur Melville, Arabs Returning from a Raid, Private Collection courtesy of the Fine Art Society

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