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Venetian art, logarithms and art by Timmy Mallett: Scotland's newest exhibitions

John Napier © The University of Edinburgh

John Napier © The University of Edinburgh

Scotland’s museums, galleries and visitor attractions offer a great experience any day of the year, but never more so than when there’s a new exhibition.

From beautiful portraits of Venetian art to the 400-year history of logarithms, there are a number of great new exhibitions opening just now.

Starting in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is celebrating the 400 year anniversary since John Napier first created logarithms. His pioneering work on logarithms enabled more calculations to be completed in an hour than previously had been managed in a day.

The Power of Ten: Inventing Logarithms exhibition lets you explore how Napier’s revolutionary innovations advanced and influenced mathematics from the 17th century to the present day from the introduction of the decimal point to the development of slide rules.

This free exhibition runs from 28 March to 6 July in the Grand Gallery of the museum, which is open daily from 10am to 5pm.


Death of Actaeon by Titian © National Gallery, London

Death of Actaeon by Titian © National Gallery, London

Down at the bottom of The Mound, the Scottish National Gallery is offering Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art, which features two of the world’s most celebrated paintings. Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto were jointly acquired by the Scottish National Gallery and the National Gallery in London in 2009 and 2012. This exhibition now draws upon the gallery’s superb collection of 16th century Venetian paintings, drawings and prints to provide context for these paintings and illuminate this exceptionally creative period in history.

As well as these two celebrated paintings, the exhibition will show Titian’s late masterpiece, the Death of Actaeon, for the first time in Scotland, and the first time it has been lent anywhere since it was acquired by the National Gallery, London, in 1972.

A free Titian & Diana app is available to download from the National Galleries website, which has audio and visual content and curatorial interviews about these iconic paintings.

The free exhibition is open now until 14 September at the Scottish National Gallery.


Our Dynamic Earth © Kenny Lam

Our Dynamic Earth © Kenny Lam

Over at Our Dynamic Earth, they are preparing for the opening of a brand new, top secret gallery – Scotland’s Time Lords. The full details are top secret, but the plan is to bring together creative technology and interactive exhibits to entertain visitors on Scottish thinkers and scientists – in particular James Hutton.

Hutton was one of many men of philosophy, economics and science who were part of the Scottish Enlightenment. Their passion and discoveries challenged long-established beliefs and helped bring about the Industrial Revolution.

The new gallery is due to open from April 1.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

In Glasgow, the Glasgow Stories gallery at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum has been revamped and will now include a section dedicated to artists who helped make Glasgow a centre for contemporary art.

The changing exhibitions will feature work from artists who graduated from Glasgow School of Art and made a mark on the contemporary world – including Christine Borland, Martin Bryce, Aladair Gray and Ken Currie.

Over half of the objects on display in the revamped Glasgow Stories gallery are on display for the first time.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is open for free, daily from 10am (11am Friday and Sunday) to 5pm.


In Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, a well-known children’s presenter is gearing up for his second exhibition at Eduardo Alessandro Studios. Timmy Mallett may be recognised for his flamboyant TV persona, but he loves painting and is a talented artist.

He loves painting in oils, acrylics and watercolours, taking his inspiration from his trips around the UK and world to create colourful works.

The free exhibition runs from 4 April to 30 April.


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