Art of Scotland

Scotland is much known for its music (characterised by the accompaniment of the famous and eye-catching bagpipes), tartan skirts made for the men and the thistle found in the national emblem representing a high chivalric order of the country Scotland.

scotland bag pipe

However, Scottish citizens have an impeccable and wonderful taste of art that persists, and continues to grow more intriguingly by the day, almost since time immemorial. In a nutshell, arts and culture in Scotland is certainly never yawn-inducing right from its most basic to its uttermost complexities in this aspect. Its uniqueness and breath-taking art and architecture is up to the mark. Without further ado, we shall now dive into the history of Scottish art.

In the prehistoric ages, around 100 BC and 300BC, art had already been discovered in the present day Scotland. This included rock art characterised by stone carvings and paintings done on rocks. There was also an iron era within this period in which the ‘Stirling torcs’ discovered in 2009 were crafted in gold art and ‘The Torrs Pony-cap and Horns’ were made of iron and were one of the most impressive pieces of art.


In the course of time, Pictish art came to life. This is a form of art in which carvings or drawings were made from the Pictish stones. Pictish art from Scotland interacted with British and Irish art to contribute to the widely used today Romanesque and Gothic styles of art. As such, Scottish art did not develop solely from the citizens of Scotland but its diversity is as a result of the interactions they had with other external people.

scotland pictish art

As the nineteenth century approaches, Scotland resumes producing artists that were recognised internationally, influenced by neoclassicism, for instance AllanRamsay, GavinHamilton, the brothers John and Alexander Runciman among others. As the nineteenth century came to a wrap, Romanticism started influencing the production of art in the region. This is evident in the portraits of artists such as HenryRaeburn.

Scotland is in possession considerable collections of art, including the  National Museum of Scotland, Edinburghand; the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; the Burrell Collection in Glasgow and The National Gallery.

national museum scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland is basically in charge of the collection of art within the country, hence quite important in the world. Presently, the Scottish have museums that have preserved their works of art over time and continue to do so with time. In conclusion, art is well appreciated in Scotland and more importantly, this adds to their cultural heritage.

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