Scottish Art

Scottish Art

Murdo Madconald

Thames & Hudson

What makes Scottish art Scottish? Part of the excellent World of Art series, this now classic book explores the distinctive characteristics of Scottish art over the centuries such as the heritage of Celtic design with its emphasis on intricate pattern, the importance of the landscape (particularly the Highlands and the sea) and a close connection with France. It ranges from the earliest surviving Neolithic standing stones through the art of the Picts and Gaels and the tumultuous centuries of the Reformation to the great flowering of Scottish art in the Enlightenment. The final chapters focus on art since 1900 with revealing analyses of the Scottish Colourists and the major figures of contemporary art in all media.

Masterpieces from the Book of Kells to paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Joan Eardley are illustrated in full colour, setting key works in a clearly explained historical context.

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