Neil MacGregor





Neil MacGregor


Born
in Glasgow, The United Kingdom
June 16, 1946

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Neil MacGregor was born in Glasgow to two doctors, Alexander and Anna MacGregor. At the age of nine, he first saw Salvador Dalí's Christ of Saint John of the Cross, newly acquired by Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery, which had a profound effect on him and sparked his lifelong interest in art. MacGregor was educated at Glasgow Academy and then read modern languages at New College, Oxford, where he is now an honorary fellow. The period that followed was spent studying philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (coinciding with the events of May 1968), and as a law student at Edinburgh University, where he received the Green Prize. Despite being called to the bar in 1972, MacGregor next decided to take an art history degree. The foll ...more

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“And the more you look at the history of Homo sapiens, it’s all about movement, right from the very first time they decided to leave Africa. It is this restlessness which seems a very significant factor in the way the planet was settled by humans. It does seem that we are not settled. We think we are, but we are still looking for somewhere else where something is better – where it’s warmer, it’s more pleasant. Maybe there is an element, a spiritual element, of hope in this – that you are going to find somewhere that is wonderful. It’s the search for paradise, the search for the perfect land – maybe that’s at the bottom of it all, all the time.”
Neil MacGregor, A History of the World in 100 Objects

“It is, as we know, the victors who write the history, especially when only the victors know how to write.”
Neil MacGregor, A History of the World in 100 Objects

“Ward je in dieser Laun’ ein Weib gefreit?’: ‘Was ever woman in this humour wooed?”
Neil MacGregor, Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects

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