The Scottish National Gallery is home to the largest part of Scotland's collection of fine art and one of the best in the world.
It encompasses the full range of Western art and sculpture from the Renaissance to the present day, with particularly impressive collections of Old Masters.
The Playfair Project, completed in 2004, involved the building of the Weston Link, an underground complex linking the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, two of 19th-century architect Henry Playfair's finest neoclassical designs. The link houses shops, restaurants, a lecture theatre and education area, and an interactive, touch-screen IT Gallery showing the collections of the National Galleries.
The core works of the National Gallery's permanent collection are its Old Masters, with works by Van Dyck, Tiepolo and Rubens.
Among the collection's earlier works, Raphael's 'Bridgewater Madonna', Poussin's Seven Sacraments and Hugo Van der Goes' vivid Trinity Altarpiece should not be missed.
The gallery's collection of 19th- and 20th-century works is particularly celebrated for its Impressionists and Post-impressionists: two fine Gauguins sits alongside works by Monet, Cézanne and Seurat. The gallery also features the world's largest collection of Scottish art, including works by Wilkie, Ramsay and McTaggart, as well as Raeburn's much-loved Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddington Loch.
Meet Me at the Museum
Join actor Brian Cox as he explores the Scottish National Gallery in this episode of our podcast, Meet Me at the Museum.