Potential Vote on Scottish Indpendence Bodes Ominously for Museum Collections

February 19th, 2014

Duke of Buccleuch with Leonardo’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder, via Art NewspaperAn article in The Art Newspaper analyzes the potential vote on Scottish Independence this year, and the potential impacts an independent Scotland may have on the nation’s art collection.  If Scotland changes its tax structure to more heavily impact the wealthy, some are worried that lending collectors are likely to remove their works from Scottish museums, moving them south.  The National Galleries of Scotland board chair Ben Thomson, however, is more optimistic. “We are extremely confident that we will continue to enjoy very positive support from the Scottish government for our ongoing collaborations with private collectors,” he says.Read more at Art Newspaper