Scottish National Gallery

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Edinburgh Castle

IMG_0671IMG_0670Another enjoyable morning amongst paintings (and masses of tourists). I started with E A Wilson again (A Daydream, oil on canvas, 1885), and then came across the (to me) bizarre St Bride by John Duncan (1913, tempura on canvas, which gave the painting a sherbetty glow), part of the Celtic revival movement. Of other paintings I retain only a hazy impression – Van Goghs and Cézannes and Gaugins, although the John Singer Sargent made an impression on me.

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IMG_1282I also enjoyed peering at the brushwork of various artists. I compared the loose strokes of Frans Hals to Gerard ter Borch: one was smooth, shimmering silk and the other was freestyle lace. Looking at a late 15th century Flemish Madonna, I recalled learning in Antwerp that painting on wooden panel allows for greater detail than canvas. The perspective of that painting recalled some of the British painting I’d seen yesterday.

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