While some museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.
After five months, the Scottish National Gallery is reopening to the public on 17 August, providing another opportunity to explore this permanent display of ‘statement pictures’: imposing, theatrical works, frequently depicting landscapes or scenes from ancient and modern history, designed to draw big crowds and reinforce official narratives about the past and present. Chief among them is Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen – but the display also includes David Wilkie’s colossal depiction of the Scottish general David Baird discovering the body of Tipu Sultan after the battle of Seringapatam in 1799, Frederic Edwin Church’s vision of the majesty of Niagara Falls, and Benjamin West’s five-metre-long canvas illustrating a medieval Scots legend, in which the first chieftain of the Mackenzie clan rescues Alexander III from a stag. Find out more from the National Galleries Scotland website.
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