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The Story of Scottish Art

Lachlan Goudie


The compelling story of over 5,000 years of Scottish art, told by Lachlan Goudie, renowned contemporary Scottish artist, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Four's 'The Story of Scottish Art'

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This is the epic story of Scottish art and how 5000 years of creativity defined a nation – from the earliest Neolithic symbols etched onto the landscape of Kilmartin Glen to Glasgow’s fame as a contemporary centre of artistic innovation. Artist and broadcaster Lachlan Goudie passionately narrates the triumphs and struggles of artists across the millennia, revealing how successive generations of craftspeople, painters and sculptors recorded and influenced the events that have transformed Scottish society.


'An exhilarating, big-picture, and often surprising account of Scottish art'
Andrew Marr

'Even more of a joy than the glorious Scottish art it celebrates … A feast for the mind’s eye'
Simon Schama

'Moving and personal … the definitive guide to Scottish art'
Bendor Grosvenor

'Not only does this book prove that few people know more about Scottish art than Lachlan Goudie, but that no one else cares more. A masterful panorama of art history, and an utterly compelling account of how a nation has seen, and continues to see, itself'
Sathnam Sanghera

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.6 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Illustrations: 181

Publication date: 13 September 2022

ISBN: 9780500296950

About the Author

Lachlan Goudie is a Scottish painter and arts broadcaster. He has presented many BBC TV programmes including ‘Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius’, ‘Painting the Holy Land’ and ‘The Story of Scottish Art’.

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