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A Movable Feast | Hugo van der Goes' Trinity Panels at the National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Thursday 20 April, 6–8pm
£14, Friends and guests

Booking essential


Since the Trinity panels by Hugo van der Goes came on long-term loan from the Royal Collection in 1931, they have been a display highlight at the Scottish National Gallery. For many years they were one of the first works of art visitors encountered on entering the Gallery. The ways in which the Trinity panels are displayed greatly affects their visual and intellectual impact. While their importance as documents of Scottish history has always been recognised, the panels have primarily been presented as outstanding examples of Netherlandish art rather than of Scottish royal portraiture. Patricia Allerston, Deputy Director of European and Scottish Art, will explore this intriguing aspect of the Trinity panels' material history, focusing on the display decisions from the mid-1930s to the present.

Hugo van der Goes, The Trinity Altarpiece, about 1478-9 (lent by His Majesty the King), in the Scottish National Gallery in 1936 [Ministry of Works photograph]

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  • Hearing loop

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Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.

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  • Accessible toilets
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  • Restaurant
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The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Lecture or talk Our Friends

A Movable Feast | Hugo van der Goes' Trinity Panels at the National Gallery

Booking essential
Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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