Aberdeen Art Gallery’s outstanding collection demonstrates the city’s rich cultural heritage. The exhibition includes works by renowned Scottish portrait painters and artists. These include a 17th-century self-portrait by Aberdeen-born George Jamesone, regarded as Scotland’s first great portrait painter, and a portrait by Allan Ramsay, the premier Scottish portrait painter of the mid-18th century. There are works by the Aberdonian artists, John Philip and William Dyce and contemporary artist Calum Innes, who trained at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
Other highlights include Turner’s watercolour Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfriesshire, David Wilkie’s portrait of Wellington, a flower study by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Dyce’s Titian Preparing to make his First Essay in Colouring (1856–57). The latter was singled out for praise by Ruskin. Turner painted thirteenth-century Caerlaverock Castle in 1832, during one of his six visits to Scotland.
During the closure art works from the Aberdeen Art Gallery, will form separate exhibitions at the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Drents Museum, Netherlands and ARoS, Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark.