National Galleries Scotland: Portrait
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Exploring Scotland past and present through masterpieces of portraiture.
The collections are housed in a spectacular restored Neo-Gothic palace which has a fabulous gilded frieze of Scotland's history running round the entrance hall.
Following a three-year refurbishment, which ended in December 2011, the gallery was nominated for the Art Fund Prize 2012. While the building was being transformed the curators thought long and hard about how to adapt the Victorian idea of a portrait gallery of worthies to the 21st century. The emphasis is now on how the portraits tell the story of the people of Scotland, providing windows into their lives and the way they have shaped the nation's history and culture.