National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland viewed from the south in front of the Royal Scottish Academy and Princes Street
The National Gallery of Scotland, viewed from the north
The Entrance of National Gallery of Scotland
"Montagne Sainte-Victoire" by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)
"Mrs Robert Scott Moncrieff" by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756–1823)
"The Lomellini Family" by Van Dyck (1599–1641)
"Madonna and Child" by Don Lorenzo Monaco (1370–1425)

The National Gallery of Scotland, in Edinburgh, is the national art gallery of Scotland. An elaborate neoclassical edifice, it stands on The Mound, between the two sections of Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens. The building, which was designed by William Henry Playfair, first opened to the public in 1859.[1]

The National Gallery shares the Mound with the Royal Scottish Academy Building. In 1912 both were remodelled by William Thomas Oldrieve. When it re-opened, the gallery concentrated on building its permanent collection of Scottish and European art for the nation.

The research facilities at the National Gallery include the Prints and Drawings Collection of over 30,000 works on paper, from the early Renaissance to the late nineteenth century; and the reference-only Research Library, which is open to the general public. The Research Library covers the period from 1300 to 1900 and holds approximately 50,000 volumes of books, journals, slides, and microfiches, as well as some archival material relating to the collections, exhibitions and history of the National Gallery. It is advisable to contact the Print Room or Research Library prior to visiting to ensure staff and space availability.

The Weston Link, an underground interconnection between the two buildings and the final phase of the Playfair Project,[2] opened August 2004. This contains a lecture theatre, education area, shop, restaurant and an interactive, touch-screen IT Gallery showing the collections of the National Galleries. Between the two buildings is a modern square, affording views of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.



At the heart of the National Gallery's collection is a group of paintings transferred from the Royal Scottish Academy Building. This includes masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Van Dyck and Giambattista Tiepolo. The National Gallery did not receive its own purchase grant until 1903.

Key works of art displayed at the National Gallery include:

Other artists represented in the collection include:


  1. ^ History of the National Galleries of Scotland (1850–1900)
  2. ^ The Playfair Project
  3. ^ National Gallery of Scotland, James Drummond
  4. ^ John Emms, National Gallery of Scotland.

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Coordinates: 55°57′3.3″N 3°11′44.4″W / 55.950917°N 3.195667°W / 55.950917; -3.195667

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