New exhibition of two Scottish artists opens at National Gallery

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New exhibition of two Scottish artists opens at National Gallery

While English artist Edwin Landseer created a romanticized view of the Scottish Highlands, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean uses nostalgic stereotypes to explore how we portray ourselves. 

Today Landseer is not a household name; however, he was one of Victorian Britain's most renowned artists. He was Queen Victoria's favourite artist (she bought dozens of paintings from him) and prints of his works could be found on walls of homes across the globe. During the 20th century, when some aspects of Victorian culture were dismissed as old-fashioned, The Monarch of the Glen intriguingly survived this shift in taste, assuming a new purpose as an extremely popular marketing image. Today, the story of how it was originally created is long forgotten.

Video by Sarah Solomon. 

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