Living Paintings

Works of Art from Scottish Art Galleries

Suitable for: Adults

This collection shares the delights and wealth of magnificent paintings to be found in galleries in Scotland including works by Dali, Rembrandt, Raphael and Velasquez. We also feature paintings by Scottish artists that explore themes of history, landscape, people and identity.

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Raphael painted many, many pictures of the Madonna and Child and so often in them he showed the Child closely enfolded in His mother's arms or perhaps standing by her knees with her hands hovering protectively near Him. What is really unusual in this painting is that the baby is twisting vigorously AWAY from His mother and with one hand is pulling at her veil. Thus His whole body language seems almost one of defiance and then, then, he turns his head and looks back and upwards at her. That look, that gaze between mother and son is heartstopping in its intensity and one senses that Raphael is giving us so much more than a charming mother and Child. There is a feeling of mystery and poignancy in this painting and layers of meaning.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Three Legends of St. Nicholas by Gerard David
The Bridgewater Madonna by Raphael
An Old Woman Cooking Eggs by Diego de Velasquez
Man in Armour by Rembrandt Van Rijn
The Letter of Introduction by Sir David Wilkie
The Bait Gatherers by William Mc Taggart
The Goose Girl by Sir James Gutherie
Coal Crane, Clichy by Paul Signac
Falling Leaves by James Cowie
Christ of St.John of the Cross by Salvador Dali

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