Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

JUNE 28–SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
On view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion

Botticelli to Braque highlights 55 outstanding masterpieces from Scotland’s premier art collections—the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Old Masters

The selection’s earliest paintings include primarily religious and mythological subjects by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, Tiziano Vecellio (called Titian), and Paolo Veronese.

From Rococo to Enlightenment

A range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century masterpieces, including landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, exemplify the collections’ broad scope, while other examples highlight the distinct aesthetic traditions from the national holdings of Scottish art.

Scots and Scotland

Among the featured paintings by national artists are several compositions by Sir Henry Raeburn, the leading portraitist of the Scottish Enlightenment, along with other works by such compatriots as Allan Ramsay, Sir David Wilkie, William Dyce, and Sir Joseph Noel Paton.

The Modern World

The exhibition concludes with abstract compositions from the early twentieth century by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Piet Mondrian.