An Appreciation of Scottish Art through the Ages

The visual art in Scotland has great contribution in the tradition of European art. Though it has always maintained a distinctive form in the world of art, but due to the political merging with England, it has partial similarity with British art.

Starting from the prehistoric times of the Neolithic period, the country cites the examples of Scottish art through highly decorative and carved stone balls. Even if you concentrate on the Bronze Age and Iron Age, you can follow the changing patterns on art works and gold work.

Then like other European countries, the art of Scotland had greatly flourished during the Renaissance where the art examples were cited from painting and stone carving from the fifteenth century. During the time of Reformation, the limitation on the level of public display of art inspired the emergence of secular domestic art forms, especially elaborate painting on walls and roofs.

But Scottish art was greatly prospered in the seventeenth century as during this time Scotland produced the first significant native artists such as George Jamesone and John Michael Wright.

Now Scotland is enriched so much with its various forms of arts that regular exhibitions for solo shows and group works are constantly being held in its more than 60 galleries, special locations and museums throughout the country with the highlight on the past art works. Actually, Scotland has been always patronizing the fine traditional of residential and homegrown art and that’s why it proudly produces dozen or so art winners and a good number of shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize and the Glasgow School of Art, considered as one of the best art destinations in the world. Now Glasgow and Edinburgh simultaneously represent Scottish art in the international art scenario.

When it is about the contemporary Scottish artworks, the first names that come into our minds are Jack Vettriano, Peter Howson Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling, Richard Wright, Susan Philipsz, Martin Boyce and Duncan Campbell. These are only the top of iceberg when almost all of them have won the Turner Prize.

Now moving towards the remarkable art spaces in Scotland where a great number of studios and art galleries throughout the country serve as the breeding grounds for the established as well as upcoming Scottish artistic talents.

Trongate 103, Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre and Edinburgh Palette are such great names that have emerged as innovative galleries and art studio spaces for the most promising Scottish artists. Presently housing more than 800 artists and 23 art organisations in its 17 buildings Wasps Studios is another such renowned art space that provides a strong platform for the Scottish art.

galleryinsideAnd to see more in Scottish art galleries in a more picturesque part of the country like the Bonnie banks of Lochlomond you can visit the Inverbeg Galleries based not to far from the city of Glasgow

Today Scotland is proudly representing the naturalistic painting from previous generations and artworks on installation and performance from the younger generation. For the last 20 years, the characteristics of Scottish art focus on artificial construct with the amalgamation of wit, colour of artwork and populism.

Above all, by keeping the glance on the overall Scottish art anybody has to admit that Scotland has not suffered any kind of identity crisis or introverted nationalism, because it proudly makes its own position in the international art platform.



Famous sculptors from Europe

From the prehistoric era, people have reflected their imagination through sculptures. It is possible to find statues in every possible shape and sizes. Lion Man is considered as one of the first statues in the history with the height of 11.7 inches.

Through sculptors, differentiation between simple artists and a legend can be done. In comparison to easel, tools like chisel and hammer for sculptor are considered hard to use quite naturally.

In this article, some of the famous sculptors are described for complete understanding of art.


In the pre-renaissance era Donatello is regarded as one of the famous sculptors. By roaming throughout Italy, the artist has gathered his knowledge. He has acquired mastery over different kinds of materials such as stone, bronze, terra cotta and wood.

Donatello is known in the history for making nudes, relief sculptures, equestrian statues, single and group figures. He has managed to reinvent the art of sculpture completely. Through his sculptures, it is possible to observe an amalgamation of emotion and realism.

More than mere beauty can be perceived from the sculptor. By looking at these sculptures, lively feeling can be obtained as if the sculpture can talk to you. Therefore, he has been remembered throughout the history of art.


Rules of sculpture have been set by Michelangelo until introduction of Picasso. Michelangelo is known more for his skills of sculptures instead of painting. He has been known for his lonely, temperamental and melancholic figures especially. Human form has found a new expression from the hand of this popular sculptor.

Through the Michelangelo’s creation of male nude, muscular, idealized and quasi divine figure has been defined. By detaching emotion from the sculptures, sculptor has tried to make the art more realistic in later stage of his life.

From the twisting poses of sculpture, latent energy is given focus. Due to a creative and inventive mind, Michelangelo has managed to present new poses every time.

Therefore, art connoisseurs are never bored looking at his sculptors. Influence from both the Roman and Greek art can be seen in his sculptor as a representation of a complete renaissance artist.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

From the sculptors of Bernini, a theatrical quality can be gathered with an essence of complete freedom.

Innovative dimension has been created by Bernini that is not circled around its intellectual emotion and gravity. Sparkling personality of this artist has been represented with his sculptures.

Technical expertise has been presented as he has carved the marble according to his wishes. Through his masterpieces, a blend of painting, architecture and sculpture can be noticed which is quite remarkable. Spectacle has been created by his fountains.

Extraordinary human figures have complimented the play of light and water perfectly. In this way, a vision has been created that has mesmerized the world completely.

Auguste Rodin
Complete view of sculptural world can be obtained from Auguste Rodin. Similar status of Michelangelo has been offered to this great sculptor. Clay has been seen as his area of play.

In spite of an impoverished start, he has become an international artist due to his love for plaster and clay. His creation of metal is quite incredible as well. Magical human feeling has been invoked through his work.