The foundation of the SNPG in 1882 by the Board of Trustees for Fisheries and Manufactures (a government body charged, in spite of its name, with running and housing Scotland's artistic institutions), was not just a belated response to the influential role played by the Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle in the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in London in 1856, but also based on a long tradition of serious antiquarianism and study of historical portraiture that had flourished since the foundation, in 1780, of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
For the SNPG, on its awkward, narrow, sloping, north-facing site, Anderson designed a tall three-storey palazzo that echoed the Doges Palace in Venice but was in fact based on the architect's close study of 13th- and 14th-century vernacular buildings in the south of France, notably at Cordes and Figeac.
The aristocratic influence at the SNPG was always strong (as it was at London's National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery until the 1960s), both because of the titled class's ownership of ancestral portraits and the presence among it of forceful personalities--such as David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and the 6th Marquess of Bute, also named John--who sat either on the NGS's board of trustees or on the SNPG's own advisory committee of historians and public figures which was established in 1939 and regrettably abolished in 1985.
The current director-general, John Leighton, and trustees of the NGS are to be applauded for their decision to commission this official account of the Portrait Gallery from Dr Thomson, since--even though the author is too self-effacing to state it--there is no doubt that he was the key figure in the modernisation and preservation of the SNPG during his distinguished keepership from 1982 to 1997.
In the new displays at the SNPG very few of these fine portraits are currently on show, though it is planned that all the rooms will rotate thematically over the coming years.
The Glasgow-based architectural firm of Page\Park won the competition to make the SNPG 'fit for purpose' in terms of visitor access and educational facilities.
O acesso publico permite que cada integrante do SNPG participe da construcao do processo avaliativo em tempo real.
Os resultados da avaliacao quadrienal coordenada pela Capes indicam "a qualidade do desempenho e a posicao relativa de cada programa no contexto de sua respectiva area" e servem de "referencia para as decisoes dos orgaos governamentais de investimento na pesquisa e na pos-graduacao", fundamentando as decisoes do Conselho Nacional de Educacao "sobre quais cursos de mestrado e de doutorado obterao" ou nao sua permanencia no SNPG e a nota do PPG para o proximo quadrienio (CAPES, 2014).
Para finalizar o texto, mas nao para encerrar a discussao, se paises tao diferentes e com culturas tao diversas quanto os integrantes da Uniao Europeia podem se debrucar sobre acoes coletivas integradas com um objetivo comum, que transcende os interesses nacionais em direcao a objetivos supranacionais, com certeza, podemos seguir seu exemplo de como aprender com o vizinho, para que consigamos aprimorar tanto o SNPG
, quanto o SUS, uma vez que, no territorio nacional brasileiro, o vizinho com o qual devemos lidar e algo sensivelmente mais proximo.
Como bem apontado no PNPG 2011-2020, o combate as assimetrias do SNPG, inclusive aquelas inter-regionais, requer acoes estrategicas que surjam a partir de sinergias entre diferentes atores e areas do conhecimento e que deem primazia ao incentivo e a inducao ao desenvolvimento.
Ciente do seu papel no SNPG, a Capes tem procurado dar sua contribuicao com estimulos as parcerias institucionais de formacao pos-graduada por intermedio de seus programas de fomento e de bolsas de estudos.