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Friday, 20 July 2012

Exhibitions- The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Star rating - 10/10

It's amazing that just a short bus ride out of Glasgow city centre is one if the most wonderful art collections set amongst the serene and peaceful woodlands of Pollock Country Park.

The Burrell Collection was the life's work and passion of successful businessman and art lover Sir William Burrell (1861-1958). It is a wonderful eclectic mix of treasures, set in one of the lightest and beautiful settings for a gallery I have ever been to.

And really there is something here for everyone. Burrell was a keen collector of the sculptor Auguste Rodin; of the painter Edgar Degas, and many more giants of the art world.

But there are also delicate stained glass windows, treasures from ancient Greece and Egypt, and wonderful medieval tapestries. Ming vases are just around the corner from intricate porcelain baskets.

Burrell was always keen for his collection to be shared and shown during his lifetime, and this marvellous collection is as lasting and priceless a legacy as anyone could leave.

And the fact that its setting is so lush and tranquil is another bonus. This is a real gem which it was a privilege to visit.

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