by Rev. David McRoberts. The recent, admirable restoration, by the Corporation of Aberdeen, of the sixteenth-century house, now known as Provost Skene's House, has brought to light an extremely interesting painted ceiling. This painted ceiling, which has lain concealed for over three hundred years, has now been repaired, cleaned and exposed to view and it forms perhaps the most important series of religious paintings to have survived in Scotland from the time of superstition and popery." When the nicely proportioned chamber, which occupies the whole top floor of the west wing of the house, was cleared, it was found to have a wooden roof, vaulted in the form of a half-hexagon, flat in the centre with sloping sides, a large part of which was in remarkably good preservation. The whole area of this ceiling had been covered by an elaborate design, in which a series of panels depicted incidents in the life of Our Lord, the panels being separated irorn one another by decorative cartouches, fruit and flowers, and in the intervening spaces appear angels bearing the Instruments of the Passion. The southern half of the ceiling is comparatively fresh but the northern half is poorly preserved and
Innes Review – Edinburgh University Press
Published: Dec 1, 1954
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