Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery

Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery

November 5, 2014 to February 1, 2015

In November, The Frick Collection will be the first venue to present a touring group of masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. The ten paintings to be featured in New York ― among them a Botticelli never before on public view in the United States and John Singer Sargent’s iconic portrait of Lady Agnew ― will travel in 2015 with forty-five additional works to the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The tour brings to all three cities ten of the greatest paintings from the Scottish National Gallery, works that were chosen specifically to complement the permanent collections of the three American venues. The exhibitions in San Francisco and Fort Worth also draw upon the collections of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the three institutions that comprise the Edinburgh sites of the National Galleries of Scotland.

The paintings on view at the Frick ― from November 5, 2014, through February 1, 2015 ― will be Sandro Botticelli’s The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1485); El Greco’s Allegory (Fábula) (1585‒95); Diego Velázquez’s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs (1618); Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Fêtes Vénitiennes (1718‒19); Thomas Gainsborough’s Landscape with a View of a Distant Village (late 1740s or early 1750s); Allan Ramsay’s The Artist’s Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick (1758‒60); Sir Joshua Reynolds’ The Ladies Waldegrave (1780); Sir Henry Raeburn’s Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry (1812); John Constable’s The Vale of Dedham (1826); and John Singer Sargent’s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1892). The Frick exhibition, titled Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery (see below for titles and dates pertaining to all three U.S. venues), is coordinated by Senior Curator Susan Grace Galassi and will be accompanied by a series of public programs and events. A fully illustrated catalogue will include entries on each of the paintings written by the curators of the Scottish National Gallery, as well as an introductory essay by Director Michael Clarke that provides an overview of the exhibition and the institution. 

 


About the Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery, founded in 1850, is widely regarded as one of the finest museums in the world, distinguished both for the quality and for the significance of its holdings. Its collection ranges from the fourteenth to early twentieth century and includes paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture.  

U.S. Tour Venue Information

The Frick Collection, New York (10 paintings)
DATES:  November 5, 2014, through February 1, 2015
TITLE: Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery

de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (55 paintings)
DATES:  March 7, 2015, through May 31, 2015
TITLE: Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (55 paintings)
DATES:  June 28, 2015, through September 20, 2015
TITLE:  Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Support for the presentation in New York is generously provided by Sir Angus and Lady Grossart, The Christian Humann Foundation, Peter and Gail Goltra, †Walter and †Vera Eberstadt, Fiduciary Trust Company International, and anonymous gifts in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and Charles Ryskamp.

The exhibition is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Left: Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, ca. 1485. 48 x 31 5/8 in. © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland

Right: John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892. 50 x 39 3/4 in. © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland

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