Starting a national conversation

Sir Edward Landseer’s famous painting, The Monarch of the Glen, was brought into public ownership for the first time recently. For some, it exemplifies the romance and beauty of Scotland, while others find it hard to separate from it’s historical and political significance. Either way it is an image deeply engrained in the Scottish psyche, and by taking it out on tour the National Galleries of Scotland wanted to open this debate up to everyone.

Behind the production

This was a special chance to see an iconic painting being transported around the country, as it travelled through the imagery that it represents for many. We wanted to show the romantic scenery the painting evokes, as well as the idea of a modern Scotland that sits against this.

We ventured on a Highland road trip to capture this, from the Cairngorms and Glengarry to The Kelpies and the Queensferry Crossing. We also gained unique access to behind-the-scenes work of art handlers and gallery staff, and were able to talk to them and other artists about what the painting means to them.

THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN BY EDWIN LANDSEER

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