Moses, Two Dogs and a Halberdier: Paintings in and out of Context

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Paintings in galleries become familiar friends: simply being in their presence can be calming and reassuring. The main level of the National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh, with its richly painted walls and plush carpets, is particularly welcoming. For Carol M. Richardson, Professor of Early Modern Art History and Head of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, it is the art historical equivalent of a warm hug. But many of these paintings are now displayed in ways that their makers could never have imagined. In their original locations they would have demanded very different interactions with their viewers. In this lecture, she asks us to sit down and spend more time with some of the most familiar paintings on the gallery’s walls. She argues that, given time, these paintings have the potential to ask us difficult questions, change who we are and the ways in which we see the world.
Period20 Mar 2024
Held atThe National Galleries of Scotland , United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Tiepolo
  • Baxandall
  • Moses
  • Venice