As part of a major exhibition tour by the National Galleries of Scotland – Botticelli to Braque – will be exhibited at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.
The 55 paintings in the exhibition span a period of more than 400 years (1490–1932) including the portrait on Lady Agnew by John Singer Sargent (American, 1856 – 1925).
Lady Agnew’s direct gaze and informal pose, emphasised by the flowing fabric and lilac sash of her dress ensure the portrait’s striking impact. Commissioned by her husband, Andrew Noel Agnew, a barrister who had inherited the baronetcy and estates of Lochnaw in Galloway, commissioned this painting of his young wife, Gertrude Vernon (1865-1932), in 1892. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1898 and made Sargent’s name.
The paintings from the Scottish National Gallery include many of the major schools of art—Italian, French and Dutch, in addition to Scottish. Many of these works have never been seen in the United States, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (c. 1490), which has not been exhibited outside of Scotland for more than 150 years. Other artists include the Renaissance masters Titian and Paolo Veronese; the 17th-century painters El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Jan Lievens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer; and such 19th-century figures as Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. The exhibition will also feature celebrated Scottish painters Allan Ramsay and Sir Henry Raeburn.
Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland is organized by the National Galleries of Scotland. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and by a grant from the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and NBC5.