Blog: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • Chicken-skin gloves, history of beards and The Descent of Man

    by Ola Wojtkiewicz, Senior Curator, 27 January 2017

    Ola Wojtkiewicz introduces a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

    Chicken-skin gloves, history of beards and The Descent of Man

    Portrait of a Young Man Tying his Garter, Unknown (Tuscan School), mid-16th century (detail)

  • All That Glitters is Not Gold

    by Dr Caroline Rae, Caroline Villers Research Fellowship holder, 25 January 2017

    Dr Caroline Rae takes us through a technical examination of jewellery and gold brocade painting in three Jacobean portraits.

    All That Glitters is Not Gold

    Attributed to Adrian Vanson, Lady Agnes Douglas, Countess of Argyll, about 1574 - 1607 (detail).

  • On photographing Paolo Nutini

    by Adeline Amar, Press Officer, 09 December 2016

    The current ‘Topical Sitter’ at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is the striking portrait of musician Paolo Nutini by Belgian photographer Eva Vermandel.

    On photographing Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini

  • 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

  • Myself In Objects: the results

    by Becky Manson, Digital Content Curator, 14 November 2016

    Becky Manson wraps up our self-portrait-in-objects photo project.

    Myself In Objects: the results

    Artist John Byrne's featured #MyselfInObjects self-portrait (detail). © JohnByrne.

  • 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)

  • Autumn 2016 at the National Galleries of Scotland

    by Mark Robertson, Digital Marketing Officer, 03 September 2016

    We take a look ahead to preview our exhibition programme for the remainder of 2016.

    Autumn 2016 at the National Galleries of Scotland

    Carel Fabritius, 'The Goldfinch', 1654 (detail)

  • Building Sights

    by Alison Watt, Artist, and Dougie Payne, Musician in Travis, 31 August 2016

    Artist Alison Watt and Travis bass player Dougie Payne each choose their favourite Scottish building.

    Building Sights

    'Dougie Payne (Musician, Travis), Barrowlands, Glasgow' by broad daylight (detail). © broad daylight.

  • The Murray Brothers’ Surreal Encounter

    by Harris Brine, Press Officer, 07 July 2016

    On the third anniversary of his Wimbledon victory, Harris Brine introduces Andy Murray as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's current Topical Sitter.

    The Murray Brothers’ Surreal Encounter

    Murdo Macleod, 'Jamie Murray, b.1986, and Andy Murray, b. 1987, Tennis Players' (2008) (detail). © Murdo Macleod.

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