Visit to the Hunterian

An intrepid small group braved Storm Ciara, to enjoy a visit to the re-hung Hunterian Art Gallery highlights. The galleries are now themed and the guide, Struan, chose a small number of paintings to illustrate these, e.g. Imagination and Observation, Practice and Process. He noted that there was a superficial meaning to these but that each was layered to allow a deeper look. We started with Gavin Hamilton's very large "Hector's Farewell to Andromache" and finished with a Joan Eardley "Seastorm at Catherine", showing how she did more than observe but immersed herself in the experience. Jacob Stella's "Flight into Egypt" done on black slate showed how the artist had to bring the Light of Christ, dominating the picture from a dark base, where other artists start with a light canvas and add darker colours to it. Struan was very knowledgeable and gave us good insights to the pictures. He offered plenty of time for questions and discussion and talked before and after the tour to the group as individuals. It  was well worth braving the weather to enjoy this.

Margaret Anderson

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