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Art and Analysis | Two Netherlandish painters working in Jacobean Scotland

On now until 26 January 2020

Admission free

“The latest fascinating find to shed new light on Scotland’s rich history”
New York Post

Focussing on the two 17th-century artists Adrian Vanson and Adam de Colone, this small exhibition presents the findings of a collaborative research project with paintings conservator Dr Caroline Rae, the Courtauld Institute of Art Caroline Villers Research Fellow. On display are a group of paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland collection which have been examined by Caroline using cutting-edge technology.

The display will also feature the very exciting discovery of a painting of a woman believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots, hidden underneath a painting by Adrian Vanson. The painting, which is owned by the National Trust, will be in the exhibition alongside more information about the hidden painting.

Art and Analysis Film


What is hidden beneath the surface of paintings?
In this film, paintings conservator Lesley Stevenson and curator Kate Anderson discuss how technical analysis can help inform our understanding of artworks, and Dr Caroline Rae presents some key findings from her research: including a woman (believed to be Mary Queen of Scots) hidden underneath a painting by Adrian Vanson.