Edinburgh – One of the most iconic paintings in the world, which has never before been seen in Scotland, will make a flying visit to Edinburgh as part of an exciting programme of autumn exhibitions at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), it was announced today. The Goldfinch, a beautiful and mysterious masterpiece from the Golden Age of Dutch art, which was painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654, will be on loan to the Scottish National Gallery (SNG) for six weeks only, from 4 November to 18 December. Across town at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA), a unique showing of work by two internationally renowned artists – Scotland’s Karla Black and Kishio Suga from Japan – will be another autumn highlight, occupying the entire ground floor at Modern One, while at Modern Two the year will be brought to a spectacular close with the much-anticipated Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place, a powerful exploration of the locations that inspired the artist’s remarkable body of work. In addition, the first in a significant new series of annual exhibitions exploring the Pictured: Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654 Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague Page 2 of 5 National Galleries of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland No. SC003728 extraordinary richness of the photography collection at the NGS will open at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) this October, charting the development of landscape photography over the past 175 years.
Carel Fabritius (1622-1654) is often seen as the link between two giants of Dutch painting: Rembrandt van Rijn (1609-69), in whose workshop he was a star pupil and Johannes Vermeer (1632-75), on whose work he had a considerable influence. An artist of remarkable skill, Fabritius was tragically killed at the age of 32, when a gunpowder store exploded, destroying large parts of the city of Delft and killing hundreds of its residents. It is presumed that much of Fabritius’s work was lost in the explosion, and only around a dozen of his paintings survive. Among these The Goldfinch, which was painted in the year he died, is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The Goldfinch will travel to the SNG from its home in the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, in The Hague. The painting has never before been shown in Scotland, and has only been exhibited in the UK on a handful of occasions. When it was last shown outside the Netherlands, at the Frick Collection in New York in 2014, it was seen by a record-breaking 200,000 people (many of whom happily endured long queues in sub-zero temperatures). Pictured above: The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, 1654
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