The National Galleries of Scotland and the V&A have recently acquired Antonio Zucchi's portrait of the Scottish architect and designer James Adam, born in 1732. The painting has an astonishing wealth of detail and richness of treatment and it stands out as one of the most ambitious surviving images of an 18th-century professional during their 'grand tour' of Italy. In this lecture, National Galleries of Scotland senior curator Dr Lucinda Lax uncovers the fascinating story behind its creation, exploring how the picture was intended to help Adam forge a career in the fiercely competitive world of 18th-century architectural practice.
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