Take an Object display images

Take an Object


1 August – 29 September 2019
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

Featuring current research and innovative use of our collections, this new display highlights how Hunterian objects and artworks continue to inspire new ideas and curiosity in the most creative minds.

'Take an Object' is the first display in a new space created to showcase experimental and cross-disciplinary research at the University of Glasgow and beyond.

It features work developed by students from the MLitt in Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow including replicas, cross-sections and X-ray images which have uncovered a mysterious portrait hidden under a baroque painting.

Students from Product Design Engineering at The Glasgow School of Art have used 3D-models to re-imagine objects including a Roman hammer used twenty centuries ago in the construction of the Antonine Wall and a late 19th century X-Ray source.

And designers from the luxury fashion house Loewe have demonstrated how Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs are still at the cutting edge of the fashion world today.

The short videos below feature staff and students talking about the project and the objects that inspired them.

Professor Christina Young

Professor Christina Young, Professor of Technical Art History and Conservation at the University of Glasgow, talks about a project focusing on 'The Nilgai' by George Stubbs.  

Dr Caroline Rae

Dr Caroline Rae, Lecturer in Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow, talks about using historical painting techniques to create replicas for research.

Craig Whittet

Craig Whittet, Head of Department, Product Design Engineering, The Glasgow School Art, talks about the 'Hunter Gatherer' project in which students were inspired to design re-imagined versions of Hunterian objects for future use.


Product Design Engineering student Harris talks about being inspired by a Roman leather tent fragment and wooden tent peg. 


Product Design Engineering student Kirsty talks about being inspired by an X-Ray source tube.


Product Design Engineering Student Sean talks about being inspired by a Roman hammer.