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Professor Murdo Macdonald

Murdo Macdonald is Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee. He is author of Scottish Art in Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series. A new edition is in preparation and will be published in 2017. His doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh explored the relationships between art and science. He is a former editor of Edinburgh Review. His research interests include the art of the Scottish Gàidhealtachd, the cultural milieu of the ecologist Patrick Geddes (not least with respect to India and Japan, as well as Scotland), visual interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns, and the cloud chamber photography of the Scottish physicist and Nobel laureate C. T. R. Wilson. He has a longstanding interest in Ossian and art in an international context, which he has explored not least as part of the Cesarotti Project at the University of Padua. As well as in the UK he has given keynotes, public lectures and seminars in Finland, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy and Japan. A recent lecture was at the British Museum in London as part of the response to the highly successful exhibition Celts: Art and Identity. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in 2009, and an honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies in 2016. Some examples of his writing can be found at

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