A while back, when I wrote my post about Edinburgh, I mentioned that we loved the Scottish National Gallery and that it deserved a post of it’s own. Well, last night I was awake in the middle of the night and for some reason the gallery popped into my head, so here is that post.
If you love museums like I do, then please check out the National Galleries if you go to Europe. I can’t speak for the mainland (as I haven’t been there yet) but I know that in the UK the National Galleries are free! Sometimes the additional exhibits require a paid ticket, but the main galleries don’t charge for admission. We haven’t been to the English National Gallery yet but it’s on my list. The Scottish National Gallery was well worth our time though, and there was even more to see that we weren’t able to get to before they closed for the day.
The main gallery is spacious and vibrant, with works from several different nations and eras. An art aficionado I am not, but I do enjoy it and I love seeing the various talents displayed from all over the world. I took pictures of a few of my favorites.
Several of the works in the museum were incomplete. How fascinating to see the process behind these incredible pieces…
I loved seeing the intricate (if not always entirely accurate) displays of Biblical stories. This one was probably my favorite of those:
Landscape paintings are usually some of my favorites as well.
I’d imagine water and clouds are the two most difficult things to paint realistically…
Then, we moved on to the portion of the gallery that was dedicated to famous Scottish painters. My favorite paintings of the day were found here. This one was the pride and joy of the museum… his graceful stride is available on mugs, day planners, neckties, ink pens, ornaments, letter openers, and many more
useless unique items in the gift shop. (Sidenote, I love museum gift shops.)
He’s pretty serious about his ice skating… I wouldn’t mess with him. And he’s a reverend.
In the Scottish area, I came across a newly acquired painting by Sir James Guthrie. I really love this painting. It’s an unusual yet normal day-to-day scene, painted with such care and talent on a scale typically reserved for much grander subjects. The colors are rich and warm. I stood and stared at it for as long as my tired feet (and hangry husband) would allow. I would love to have a copy of this hanging in my home.
This painting of the old man was also one of my favorites. Unique from the fancy portraits or allegorical pieces, this was just a man resting from his work, his dog at his side. Simple and well done, and I liked that.
Overall, the gallery was an afternoon well spent. It was a quiet, meandering hour break from the busy (and chilly) streets of Edinburgh. It reminded me how much I appreciate quality artwork and how I’d love to have more in my own home, even if they are gift shop reproductions. Also, I have a renewed admiration for people who have the great talent of painting! I can’t even paint trim without ruining the wall-paint, let alone create a masterpiece like this, but I’m glad there are people around who can!