The Monarch of the Glen to tour Scotland

  • Published 4 October 2017

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer, secured with our support earlier this year, set for landmark tour of Scotland.

 © National Galleries Scotland

© National Galleries Scotland

Sir Edwin Landseer's celebrated painting, The Monarch of the Glen, which was secured for the nation with Art Fund support earlier this year embarks upon a tour of Scotland this week.

Painted in 1851, it has taken on many different meanings and can be considered, not only a work of great technical accomplishment, but a celebration of natural wonders, a romantic evocation of Scotland, a powerful marketing image and a potent symbol of changing and sometimes conflicting interpretations of Scottish culture and history.

After a summer of attracting admiring crowds at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, The Monarch of the Glen will now tour to four major venues around Scotland:

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, says: 'We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support that we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland. We hope that it will be admired and debated by audiences across the country.'

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