CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Study trip to Scotland

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Option for Wednesday, 12 June

Note: this is open to all codart members, not just participants in the study trip16:00-18:00

Advance view of Fritz Koreny’s exhibition of 15th-century Netherlandish drawings in the Rubenshuis, Antwerp.By special arrangement with our member Carl Depauw, director of the Rubenshuis, participants in the study trip will be admitted to the exhibition Van Eyck to Memling two days before the opening.
Wapper 9-11
B-2000 Antwerpen
T +32 3 201 1555
F +32 3 227 3692

Evening For those coming to Antwerp on 12 June, rooms have been booked at the conveniently located and reasonably priced
Ibis Hotel
Meistraat 39
B-2000 Antwerp
T +32 3 231 8830
F +32 3 234 2921
Reserve through CODART. Contact at hotel: Ursula Schweitzer.

Thursday, 13 June

07:00 For those travelling with the group from Antwerp, transfer from Ibis Hotel to Brussels Airport.
10:15 British Midlands flight BD628 to Edinburgh.
10:55 Arrival in Edinburgh. (N.B. Time difference: 1 hour earlier.)
Transfer to the ideally located Ibis Hotel, which has a higher standard of comfort than the sister hotel in Antwerp:
Ibis Hotel
6 Hunter Square
(off Royal Mile)
Edinburgh EH1 1QW
T +44 131 240 7000
F +44 131 240 7007
Participants travelling on their own to Edinburgh are expected to join the group at the hotel by 12:00
12:00 Lunch (not included).
13:30 Visit to Gladstone’s Land, 17tth-century city merchant’s house with curator of National Trust for Scotland: brief introduction of city history and trading with the Low Countries.
15:00 Free National Galleries bus from the Mound to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
T +44 131 624 6200
F +44 131 623 7126
15:30 Restoration studio of the National Galleries of Scotland, located in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Visit with Head of Conservation, Michael Gallagher, presenting current work on van Dyck’s St. Sebastian. Opportunity to visit the gallery itself and the nearby Dean Gallery. Both are housed in distinguished early 19th-century neoclassical buildings that have been redesigned for museum use in imaginative ways.
18:00-20:00 The National Gallery of Scotland’s private view of the exhibition Rubens: drawing on Italy (paintings, drawings and prints), curated by Jeremy Wood. Invitations will be issued to all CODART members on the trip
Evening free. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided.

Friday, 14 June

Morning National Gallery of Scotland (1850-1859).
The Mound
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
T +44 131 624 6200
F +44 131 623 7126 (Information: +44 131 332 2266)
Scottish links with Flanders and Holland are topped by The Trinity altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes, painted for a church that stood a few hundred yards from the museum. Outstanding paintings by Quentin Matsys, Barend van Orley, Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Frans Hals, Saenredam and Vermeer vie for attention with some of the greatest works by Titian, Elsheimer and Poussin.

A selection of the best prints and drawings in the collection will be put out on special display in the printroom, including work by Goltzius, de Gheyn, Rembrandt, Lievens, Rubens, van Dyck, Bloemaert, Saverij, Cuyp and Jordaens.

The reserves will be made available as required.

For those interested, a site visit can be paid to the Royal Scottish Academy, where the Playfair Project is in progress, an extensive refurbishing of the Academy building and construction of an underground link between the Academy and the National Gallery, with exhibition space, a café, shop and lecture theater.” ( The visit will be led by Michael Clarke, acting director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland and Playfair Project head.

Afternoon Scottish National Portrait Gallery (1880s)
1 Queen Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
T +44 131 624 6200
F+44 131 623 7126 (Information: +44 131 332 2266)
Important portraits by Lievens, Verelst and van Dyck. The director, James Holloway, will welcome the group and discuss the influence of Dutch and Flemish art on painters in Scotland in the 17th century. Almost all the earliest surviving portraits of Scottish sitters are by artists from the Low Countries.

University of Edinburgh: Torrie Collection (ca. 1800)
Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
T +44 131 650 2211

Small but choice, mainly Dutch works including Pynacker, Lievens and an outstanding Adriaen de Vries in wonderful setting in the Old Court of the University. The curator, Dr. Duncan Macmillan, will talk about formation of the collection. We will also meet Professor Richard Thomson, Head of the Fine Arts Department of Edinburgh University and Director of the Visual Arts Research Centre (VARIE). This joint project with the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, National Libraries of Scotland, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Art College coordinates art-historical research and sponsors a program of conferences and publications.

Evening Dinner at Prestonfield House, which is built in the Dutch style and was the home of Sir James Dick, who in 1691 ordered his factor to the Netherlands to buy Dutch and Flemish pictures for the house.
Priestfield Road
Edinburgh EH16 5UT
T +44 131 668 3346
F +44 131 668 3976

Saturday, 15 June

Morning Hopetoun House (1699-mid-18th century)
South Queensferry
West Lothian EH309SL
T +44 131 331 2451
F +44 131 319 1885

About 30 minutes west of Edinburgh by coach, the vast stately home Hopetoun House is supposedly based on the architecture of Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. In 1703 the Hopes commissioned an entire series of decorative paintings from Philips Tideman, who worked for Gerard de Lairesse. Most of them are still there. Part of the family was settled in Amsterdam, where they were a major banking power. We will be guests of the Hopetoun Estate, represented by Mr Paul Normand and the archivist Pat Crichton, who will show us the documents related to the purchase of Dutch painting by the Hopes and papers connected with the family’s Dutch links.

Afternoon Across the Forth bridge to Colinsburgh
Fine Dutch and Flemish paintings in a private collection, in Fife, which also boasts woodwork from Rubens’s library, not open to the public.

On return drive to Edinburgh.through East Neuk coastline fishing villages of Elie and St. Monans that traded with the Low Countries.

Evening Dinner (not included; private room reserved) at The Vintners Rooms in Leith, shippers of all wine to Edinburgh from the Continent in the 17th century, good Scottish food.
The Vaults
87 Giles Street
Edinburgh EH6 6BZ
T +44 131 554 6767

Sunday, 16 June

All day Mount Stuart
By coach to Port Glasgow, ferry across to Isle of Bute. Transport (not included) to
Mount Stuart
Isle of Bute
PA20 9LR Scotland
T 01700 503877
F 01700 505313

Mount Stuart, which calls itself “Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house,” contains one of the finest private art collections in Scotland. The Dutch and Flemish works are in a part of the mansion not normally open to the public. The Marquess has given permission for us to see these. Lunch will be served to us at the visitors’ center. A talk will be given about the history of the Bute collection, Return by coach to Edinburgh.

Evening free

Monday, 17 June

Morning Holyrood Palace (founded 1498, present state mainly 1671)
At the end of the Royal Mile
T +44 131 556 7371

The queen’s official residence in Scotland. The architecture and decoration, with Delft tiles, imitates Het Loo. The Dutch artist Jacob de Wet was responsible for the ceiling paintings and 111 portraits of (mainly mythical) kings of Scotland. Not of top quality, but certainly of interest to CODART.

Gosford House (1790-1800)
About 30 minutes east from Edinburgh by coach, the private house of the Earl of Wemyss and March. A number of fine Dutch paintings, including works by Ruisdael, de Braij and Cornelis van Haarlem.

Afternoon Mertoun (1703-1705)
An exceptional private collection not open to the public. Outstanding paintings by Jan Steen, Adriaen van Ostade, Ludolf Bakhuysen, Aelbert Cuyp and many other Dutch and Flemish masters. Julia Lloyd Williams will give us a talk about the history of the collection.

Evening We are the dinner guests of the Chairman and Acting Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, at the home of the Acting Director, Julia Lloyd Williams.

Tuesday, 18 June

08:00 Check out of hotel.
08:30 Departure by coach to Glasgow.
10.30 The Burrell Collection (“One man’s choice from the whole world of art history” ? museum website). (collection 1944; building 1983)
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow G43 1AT
T +44 141 649 7151
F +44 141 636 0086

Vivien Hamilton, curator specialized in 19th-century art, will show us round. There is a large collection of Hague School paintings and a very fine collection of Netherlandish decorative arts from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

Hunterian Museum
University of Glasgow,
Glasgow G12 8QQ
T +44 141 330 4221
F +44 141 330 3617

The deputy director, Mungo Campbell, will welcome us. Among the Dutch paintings are Rembrandt’s oil sketch for The entombment of Christ and a landscape by Philips Koninck. The museum is planning on putting on a related display of drawings for us. (The printroom curator, Peter Black, speaks fluent Dutch.)

The Museum at Kelvingrove (1901):
Glasgow G3 8AG
T +44 141 287 2699
F +44 141 287 2090

Currently undergoing renovation so we will have to review what may be accessible. However, a Lottery funded program of research specifically on the Dutch and Flemish paintings in the museum is currently underway, headed by Liz Hancock, aided by Emma Hermans, and it may be possible to hear about this project and see some of the works involved.

14:30 Departure for Edinburgh airport.
17:55 British Midlands flight BD649 to Brussels.
20:35 Arrival in Brussels Airport.


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