March 28, 2014

Kimbell Art Museum bringing Scottish treasures to Fort Worth

Many works of art that have never been shown in the United States will be included in the exhibition “Boticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.”

The National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh are sending 55 of their greatest treasures to tour three museums in the United States. The Kimbell Art Museum will be one of those stops, the Fort Worth museum announced Friday.

The three museums that comprise the National Galleries are the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The institutions will be loaning many works that have never been seen in the United States and one work, Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, circa 1490, has not been exhibited outside Scotland for more than 150 years.

The exhibition, “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,” will include pivotal pieces from the careers of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Titian, Constable, Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Picasso and Sargent, to name but a few.

“These really are some of their greatest hits,” said Kimbell Director Eric M. Lee. “We are thrilled to be able to show them.”

The traveling exhibition will open at the Frick Collection in New York City, move to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and then open in Fort Worth on June 28, 2015.

“We hope that visitors to the exhibitions will be enchanted by the range of superb works on show, and we encourage them to visit Scotland and see the rest of the collection at the three sites in Edinburgh,” said Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland.

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