Scottish Enlightenment


*This painting is framed.*

Edinburgh in the Setting Sun, from the Dugald Stewart Monument on Carlton Hill. Here you can see the brilliance of light on the architecture of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, with the circular temple of eight fluted Corinthian columns around an elevated urn, on a circular podium designed by William Playfair.

This is an ‘Enlightening Painting’ in terms of light and colour, defining architecture and Edinburgh itself, and also celebrating the Scottish Enlightenment of Dugald Stewart himself. Stewart’s reputation rested as much on his eloquence, populism, and style as on original work, yet he is recognised as the Philosophical Father of Common Sense realism, that I try to capture in aesthetics here.

Scottish Enlightenment
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