Introducing the Medieval and Renaissance Collection is one of a series of new books exploring items acquired by the famous 20th-century Glaswegian shipping magnate and philanthropist Sir William Burrell and Constance, Lady Burrell, his wife, for their vast collection of art.
Following the donation of the entire collection to the City of Glasgow in 1944, it was not until 1983 that the dedicated Burrell Collection museum opened in Pollok Country Park. This book is the fifth published since the reopening of the museum in spring 2022, allowing readers to marvel anew at the highlights from the medieval and Renaissance items that Sir William acquired.
Divided thematically by the type – secular art, religious art, and art with royal connections, – the book examines some of the most interesting pieces, their origins, symbolism, and design. It also looks into why Sir William acquired certain pieces and from whom.
Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book offers readers the latest research into some of the most intriguing pieces that Sir William Burrell purchased over his illustrious collecting career.
About the author:
Edward Johnson is Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Art at Glasgow Museums. His current research is centred on the material culture of late medieval Northern Europe, with a particular focus on the extensive stained-glass holdings in the Burrell Collection, including world class examples from both religious and secular contexts.
- Author: Edward Johnson
- Publisher: Glasgow Museums Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-908638-38-0