Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

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Our Historical collection contains seven death masks including this one of the French Enlightenment author and philosoph...
09/09/2020

Our Historical collection contains seven death masks including this one of the French Enlightenment author and philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778). A death mask is a cast made of a person’s face once they have died, often as a memento or as the basis for posthumous sculpture or portraits. Since the late 19th century and the development of photography, making death masks has fallen out of favour.

Our #NumismaticsTreasure today is a gold solidus of the Eastern Roman Emperor Marcian (r.400 – 457). Part of William Hun...
08/09/2020

Our #NumismaticsTreasure today is a gold solidus of the Eastern Roman Emperor Marcian (r.400 – 457). Part of William Hunter’s original bequest, it is recognised as being the very first depiction of Christ on a coin, shown as the central figure on the reverse. Originally struck in Constantinople, no other examples of this coin are known to exist. GLAHM:32543
#CoinsandMedals #MomentsinHistory

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is the much-loved ‘A Lady Taking Tea’ by Jean-Siméon Chardin of 1735. This beautiful masterp...
07/09/2020

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is the much-loved ‘A Lady Taking Tea’ by Jean-Siméon Chardin of 1735. This beautiful masterpiece by the French 18th-century painter was voted Scotland's second favourite painting by readers of The Herald newspaper. An evocative image of a lady drinking tea, it probably depicts Chardin's wife, Marguerite Saintard, who died only two months after the painting was completed. Acquired by our founder, Dr William Hunter, it is part of a small but significant group of Old Master paintings that includes works by Rembrandt and Rubens.

Adomnán, an abbot of Iona Abbey, and this beautiful 1928 painting of the island by Samuel John Peploe, provide the inspi...
06/09/2020

Adomnán, an abbot of Iona Abbey, and this beautiful 1928 painting of the island by Samuel John Peploe, provide the inspiration for this week’s #HunterianPoem by Meg Bateman

Horizons of deepening aquamarine
coax the mind beyond its day
for their interest lay in form and light
where Adomnán deemed best to die..

Read the full poem at https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/virtualexhibitions/thehunterianpoems/megbatemanpeploeandcadelliniona/
#ArtonSunday #ArtInspires #SeeingBeautyintheOrdinary #PoetryInspires

Today our Scottish odyssey takes us to ‘Inverary, Loch Fyne’ by William Crosbie of 1946. Loch Fyne is a sea loch off the...
05/09/2020

Today our Scottish odyssey takes us to ‘Inverary, Loch Fyne’ by William Crosbie of 1946. Loch Fyne is a sea loch off the Firth of Clyde and forms part of the coast of the Cowal peninsula. It extends 40 miles inland from the Sound of Bute, making it the longest of Scotland's sea lochs. #Scotland #VisitScotland #YCW2020

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow is OPEN this weekend! 🤩🤩10am – 4pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunda...
04/09/2020

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow is OPEN this weekend! 🤩🤩10am – 4pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free. Book tickets via our website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/tickets #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

This week’s #HunterianPortrait is ‘The Vegetable Woman’ by George P Chalmers (1833-1878). Chalmers believed in suppressi...
04/09/2020

This week’s #HunterianPortrait is ‘The Vegetable Woman’ by George P Chalmers (1833-1878). Chalmers believed in suppressing detail to achieve a general effect or impression, and in concentrating on contemporary, humble subjects rather than the literary or historical subjects favoured by many of his contemporaries. Chalmers techniques and style were much admired by the Glasgow Boys. The painting was given to The Hunterian by Professor A L Macfie in 1973. GLAHA:43434
#Art #FridayFaces #Portraits #PeopleBehindthePortraits

With schools well and truly back in flow, our next #MuseumLearning series will take you on a #ScotlandLearns #Curricular...
03/09/2020

With schools well and truly back in flow, our next #MuseumLearning series will take you on a #ScotlandLearns #CurricularTour of the collections. Our first stop is #SocialStudies -#History and a step back in time into some #Roman Shoes. Find out more about these and other hints at ancient life on the #AntonineWall in this blog post by @UofGlasgow @UofGArts student #MuSE Julian Quinault. @UofGHistory @GlowScot
https://bit.ly/3gucDi3

This belladonna plaster from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow is a dressing impregnated with bellad...
02/09/2020

This belladonna plaster from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow is a dressing impregnated with belladonna - the chemical derived from the Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) plant. ☠️ The drug is now known as atropine and produced synthetically. Historically the plasters were used to reduce the secretion of milk in a nursing mother or to relieve muscular pain. However, as belladonna is a poison, side effects were common and included symptoms such as dryness of the mouth and throat, hot skin, absence of sweat and dilation of the pupils. 😱

This week’s #NumismaticsTreasure commemorates James Lennox Dawson, a former student at the University of Glasgow, who wa...
01/09/2020

This week’s #NumismaticsTreasure commemorates James Lennox Dawson, a former student at the University of Glasgow, who was awarded a Victoria Cross for outstanding gallantry at the Battle of Loos in 1915. For the full story:
http://collections.gla.ac.uk/#/details/enarratives/192
#NumismaticsTreasures #CoinsandMedals #MomentsinHistory

This week’s #HunterianHighlight is this stunning concretion of thorny oysters with Noah’s Ark shell from our founder Dr ...
31/08/2020

This week’s #HunterianHighlight is this stunning concretion of thorny oysters with Noah’s Ark shell from our founder Dr William Hunter's original collection. Thorny oysters cement themselves to rocks and these specimens have been settled on by other marine animals: coral, Serpula tube-worms and another bivalve, the strikingly marked Noah’s Ark shell! 🤩

We’re moving on to ‘Iona, North End’ today with this work by Francis Cadell. Iona has played an important role in Scotti...
29/08/2020

We’re moving on to ‘Iona, North End’ today with this work by Francis Cadell. Iona has played an important role in Scottish landscape painting, especially in the 20th century. Many artists, including Cadell, visited the island, attracted by the unique quality of light, the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine colours of the sea and the landscape of rich greens and rocky outcrops. 😍 #Scotland #VisitScotland #YCW2020

📢 We're delighted to announce that the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow will reopen on 22 September! 🖼...
28/08/2020

📢 We're delighted to announce that the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow will reopen on 22 September! 🖼️🤩 Tickets will be available soon. The Mackintosh House remains closed for now because of physical distancing guidelines. #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

James McNeill Whistler is the artist behind today's #HunterianPortrait . Working in Paris during the autumn of 1859,  th...
28/08/2020

James McNeill Whistler is the artist behind today's #HunterianPortrait . Working in Paris during the autumn of 1859, the majority of Whistler's etchings were self-portraits or portraits of friends. This image is a musician friend of Whistler's, named Becquet. As with many other works made at this time, the artist's primary focus is on the face of the sitter, to the exclusion of peripheral detail. This etching was purchased by the University of Glasgow from Sotheby's, London, in 1962. GLAHA:46743
#FridayFaces #SeeingBeautyintheOrdinary #ArtInspires #Whistler

📹 Our latest online Insight Talk is available now! This time Hunterian Art Curator Dr Lola Sánchez-Jáuregui talks about ...
27/08/2020

📹 Our latest online Insight Talk is available now! This time Hunterian Art Curator Dr Lola Sánchez-Jáuregui talks about our portrait of ‘Anne of Austria’ and its attribution to Alonso Sánchez Coello. Watch via our website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/insighttalks/

With preventing infection at the fore of all our minds, here is an #innovation from an earlier medical challenge: the fi...
27/08/2020

With preventing infection at the fore of all our minds, here is an #innovation from an earlier medical challenge: the fight against sepsis in surgery. Joseph Lister was professor of surgery at #UofG from 1860-1869 and during this time he began to transform surgical practice with new principles of cleanliness. Experimenting with hand-washing (imagine!), sterilising instruments and spraying the theatre with Carbolic Steam, Lister drastically reduced death rates in major surgery. This spray, one of 3 in the collection, is on display in the museum. How did it work? See: https://bit.ly/3gYeZ9O #HunterianTour #HistoryofMedicine @uofghistory @uofgMVLS

This jaw of a tyrannosaurus showing tooth replacement from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow dates b...
26/08/2020

This jaw of a tyrannosaurus showing tooth replacement from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow dates back to the Cretaceous Period. One of the teeth has broken revealing a new tooth erupting from the jaw. The tyrannosaurus had 50-60 teeth in its powerful jaws, each one measuring up to 20cm long! 😱🦖

A wee reminder that the Hunterian Museum is now OPEN Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Lots of new...
25/08/2020

A wee reminder that the Hunterian Museum is now OPEN Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Lots of new measures in place, including timed ticketing (still FREE) to limit capacity to keep you safe. Book your place via our website https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/tickets/
The Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House remain closed for now. #MuseumOpen #GoodToGo #HelloAgain #WelcomeBack #MyHunterian

Our #NumismaticsTreasure today was minted in Edinburgh in 1553. Featuring a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, this silver...
25/08/2020

Our #NumismaticsTreasure today was minted in Edinburgh in 1553. Featuring a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, this silver testoon was the first coin issue to display a female Scottish monarch. GLAHM:38996
#NumismaticsTreasures #CoinsandMedals #MomentsinHistory

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is ‘Golden Grain’, also known as ‘Harvester’, by William McTaggart of 1894. McTaggart record...
24/08/2020

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is ‘Golden Grain’, also known as ‘Harvester’, by William McTaggart of 1894. McTaggart recorded the harvesting of the land as well as the harvesting of the sea, at all times of day and season. This canvas is divided into horizontal bands of sky and land, with recession conveyed by the diagonals of harvesters and corn storks. McTaggart's free and varied brushwork belies his careful organisation of the scene.

The Hunterian Museum is open today from 11am until 4pm. Pre-book your tickets via our website: https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #R...
23/08/2020

The Hunterian Museum is open today from 11am until 4pm. Pre-book your tickets via our website: https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

William Gear’s ‘Paysage Mysterieux’ (1947-48) provides the inspiration for today’s #HunterianPoem by Gerrie Fellows. ‘Bl...
23/08/2020

William Gear’s ‘Paysage Mysterieux’ (1947-48) provides the inspiration for today’s #HunterianPoem by Gerrie Fellows. ‘Blue-green and chalk like a flag of frilled cloud..’ Read the full poem and find out more at http://ow.ly/ASP750B4w2q
#ArtonSunday #ArtInspires #PoetryInspires

We’re delighted to report that our much-loved ‘Map of the Whole World’ is now back on display in the Hunterian Museum at...
22/08/2020

We’re delighted to report that our much-loved ‘Map of the Whole World’ is now back on display in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow! Find out more about this wonderful item via our online catalogue: https://bit.ly/327qhT6 Or book a visit and see it for yourself! https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

We’re heading south today on our Scottish odyssey visiting ‘Loch na Keal’ as depicted by Scottish Colourist Francis Cade...
22/08/2020

We’re heading south today on our Scottish odyssey visiting ‘Loch na Keal’ as depicted by Scottish Colourist Francis Cadell. Loch na Keal is the principal sea loch on the west coast of Scotland which almost divides the Isle of Mull in two. #Scotland #VisitScotland #YCW2020

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say this! 😊 Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Then why not pl...
21/08/2020

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say this! 😊 Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Then why not plan a visit to the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow? Pre-book tickets via our website now! https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

Our #HunterianPortrait today is a wonderful romantic portrait of a Highland lord, "Lord MacDonald of Sleat" whose clan h...
21/08/2020

Our #HunterianPortrait today is a wonderful romantic portrait of a Highland lord, "Lord MacDonald of Sleat" whose clan history is intertwined with that of the Isle of Skye. Painted by George L. Sanders (1774 – 1846). GLAHA:44042 http://collections.gla.ac.uk/
#FridayFaces #PeopleBehindthePortraits

Something NEW to see on our Science History balcony in the museum: Apparatus for determination of the Ohm, GLAHM:113570....
20/08/2020

Something NEW to see on our Science History balcony in the museum: Apparatus for determination of the Ohm, GLAHM:113570.
Developments in the mid-19th century (e.g. the attempt to lay cross-Atlantic telegraphic cables) demanded a universally standard electrical unit. The Ohm, the unit of electrical resistance, was defined by a committee in 1861, and named after the German physicist Georg Ohm. William Thomson (later to become Lord Kelvin) chaired this committee and soon after, used this tabletop apparatus to create multiple material resistance standards. More here: https://bit.ly/3fKJHBU #SomethingNew #WelcomeBack #HistTech #histSTM @UofGSciEng @UofGPE

Our lovely front of house team can't wait to welcome you to the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow! Timed tic...
19/08/2020

Our lovely front of house team can't wait to welcome you to the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow! Timed tickets are available via our website. Plan your visit now! https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/tickets/ #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

This amazing specimen from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow features crystals of dioptase growing o...
19/08/2020

This amazing specimen from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow features crystals of dioptase growing over and enclosing older lime-green powdery material called duftite. These minerals formed over tens or hundreds of thousands of years during tropical weathering of copper and lead ore deposits. Despite the fantastic rich emerald-green colour, this crystal is too soft to use as a gemstone, but is highly prized because of its beauty! 😍

18/08/2020

It’s been a great first day back here at the Hunterian Museum and brilliant to see our visitors! 🤩 We’re already looking forward to tomorrow! #ReOpening #TeamUofG #MuseumsAreGo

What are you looking forward to seeing when the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow re-opens tomorrow? Let us ...
17/08/2020

What are you looking forward to seeing when the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow re-opens tomorrow? Let us know! #Hunterian #ReOpening #TeamUofG

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