The Hunterian

The Hunterian

The Hunterian is one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets. Founded in 1807, it is the country’s oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums.

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What’s on @ The Hunterian

Current exhibitions

Scottish Gold‌‌Scottish Gold: Coin James V ducat or bonnet piece, 1540.

14 March to 15 June 2014 Hunterian Art Gallery (Admission charge)‌
The exhibition features a large selection of the finest Scottish gold specimens and objects made and used in Scotland from the Bronze Age to the present. You can learn about the precious metal as part of the natural history of Scotland and its historical uses. For the first time, several of the largest known Scottish gold nuggets will be displayed together, and the surviving gold torcs from the large hoard found at Law Farm, Moray, in 1857 will be reunited.

Image: Scottish Gold: Coin James V ducat or bonnet piece, 1540.

Picturing VenusPicturing Venus: Marcantonio’s Judgement of Paris of c1510 in which Venus uses her beauty to overcome two equally powerful goddesses, Juno and Minerva

9 March to 29 June 2014 Hunterian Art Gallery
The ancient Roman goddess Venus features prominently in Renaissance art as a symbol of female beauty. Some of the most beautiful prints in the Hunterian collection will be displayed, including such masterpieces of printmaking as Dürer’s Adam and Eve of 1504 and Marcantonio’s Judgement of Paris c1510. The selection also documents how the image of Venus was prized and used in the earliest art academies, in the form of plaster casts, drawings and, most effectively of all, engravings.

Image: Picturing Venus: Marcantonio’s Judgement of Paris of c1510 in which Venus uses
her beauty to overcome two equally powerful goddesses, Juno and Minerva

Coming soon

Mackintosh Architecture

Opens 18 July 2014 Hunterian Art Gallery (Admission charge) The first major exhibition devoted to the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the result of a landmark research project led by The Hunterian. 

For updates on programmes and events, see www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian.

The Hunterian loans

The Hunterian’s national and international loans programme gives you the chance to see our collections in different places around the world.

France: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
12 April to 31 August 2014
Exhibition: Cathédrales/Kathedralen. On loan: Sisley’s Church of Moret-sur-Loing, Rainy Weather.

UK: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
To 15 June 2014
Exhibition: The Scottish Colourist Series: J D Fergusson. On loan: Fergusson’s Les Eus and Dryad sculpture.

UK: Turner Contemporary, Margate
25 January 2014 to 11 May 2014
Exhibition: JMW Turner and Helen Frankenthaler. On loan: Frankenthaler’s Winter Map.

USA: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover
1 February to 13 April 2014
Exhibition: An American in London: Whistler and the Thames. On loan: five works, including the oil painting Battersea Reach.

USA: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC
2 May to 14 August 2014
Exhibition: An American in London: Whistler and the Thames. On loan: four works, including the oil painting Battersea Reach.

All images © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow 2013