National Galleries of Scotland Edinburgh.
National Gallery of Scotland.
The National Gallery Complex is one of Scotland's top free visitor attractions and Edinburgh's second most-visited attraction after the Castle. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The National Gallery of Scotland is home to a major part of Scotland's sensational national collection of fine art; the Royal Scottish Academy Building (RSA) is one of Europe's premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Weston Link, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking.
The National Collection.
The National Gallery houses the national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. Spend an hour strolling around this peaceful setting with the floor plan and you'll find masterpieces from Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Rubens to Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Degas and Gauguin. For a nation of Scotland's size, the collection is rightfully regarded as one of the very best in the world. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting. All the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented in depth.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it. It explores the lives of great Scots, past and present, who have inspired and changed the world - royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world. The impressive building, overlooking Edinburgh's historic New Town, has become a favourite destination for 200,000 locals and tourists every year, with its welcoming mix of special exhibitions, two floors of portraits from the national collection, and its fantastic shop and café.
Since the Gallery first opened its doors, the collection has grown steadily to form an unequalled kaleidoscope of Scottish life and history. Among the most famous historical portraits are Mary, Queen of Scots, Allan Ramsay's portrait of the philosopher David Hume, Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of Robert Burns and Sir Henry Raeburn's Sir Walter Scott.
The Modern Art Galleries
Home to Scotland's outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art and the nearby Dean Gallery.
Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland, where visitors can discover sculpture works by important artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth. The lawn to the front of the Gallery of Modern Art was re-landscaped in 2002 to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or 'landform', comprises a stepped, serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.
The Gallery of Modern Art shows special exhibitions and works from c.1900 to the present day, while the Dean Gallery shows works from the Gallery's internationally renowned Dada and Surrealist collection alongside pieces by Eduardo Paolozzi.
Gallery of Modern Art.
The first floor is most often used for special exhibitions and smaller, temporary displays. Works from the Gallery's collection, augmented by special loans, are presented on the second floor. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, Cubist paintings and superb holdings of Expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.
The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art. The post-war collection features art by Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud, with more recent works by artists including Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
The Dean Gallery's world-class collection of Dada and Surrealism is shown in the Roland Penrose Gallery and Gabrielle Keiller Library. Their outstanding collections were in large part acquired by the Gallery in the 1990s and feature important works by Dalí, Miró, Ernst, Magritte and Picasso.
The ground floor of the Gallery of Modern Art and the top floor of the Dean Gallery are devoted to special exhibitions.
The Dean Gallery has a remarkable library and archive and artists' book collection, covering the whole of the twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, but relating in particular to the Dada and Surrealist movements and Scottish Art. It is open to students and researchers by prior appointment only. The Gallery of Modern Art has a print room, consisting of over 4,000 works on paper, open to all by prior appointment.
National Gallery of Scotland The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL