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6:21pm on Monday, 10th April, 2017:
On the left, the closest I got to one of the paintings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Hermitage. On the right, from the same distance, the painting by the same artist in the Scottish National Gallery.
The Scottish National Gallery isn't all that big, but it does contain works by some very big-name artists. When I was there last week, I saw paintings by Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Goya, Botticelli, Constable, Holbein, Veronese, Poussin, El Greco, Velazquez, Van Dyck, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Hals, Reynolds, Landseer and Gainsborough.
There were also works by Scottish artists that I'd heard of (of course): Ramsay, Wilkie and Raeburn.
There were also works by Scottish artists I hadn't heard of (of course) and probably won't go out of my way to find more about, either.
I was disappointed that they didn't have on show the portrait of Reverend Robert Walker skating that always seems to come up in conversations about Scottish art, but I did see several other portraits by Raeburn and have to say I'm impressed. I'm a sucker for portraits of people that look as if they could be as alive today as they were when they were painted, and Raeburn was amazing at that.
I did see the latest acquisition acquisition to the gallery, which is a famous Scottish artwork not by a Scot: Monarch of the Glen. Landseer was good at making portraits look alive, too, but I somewhat prefer people to stags.
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