National Gallery of Scotland
The magnificent and free sights of the National Gallery of Scotland have made it one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions in the country. The collection of fine art and other exhibits of the National Gallery of Scotland spans the ages up to the present time. The incredible collection is located in one of the three connected buildings of the National Gallery Complex, which is located at The Mound in Edinburgh.
The classic building, which was designed by William Henry Playfair, became home to the National Gallery of Scotland in 1859. The building’s design incorporates the Ionic order in its sculptural and structural architecture. The design and architecture of the National Gallery of Scotland makes it a perfect backdrop for the fine art that is located in it.
In the beginning, the National Gallery of Scotland’s founding collection consisted of the works of the Old Masters and contemporary artists from Scotland. A visitor can freely visit the incredible works of the Old Masters. Examples of some of the unforgettable showpieces include “The Feast of Herod” by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, “The Virgin and Child” by Raphael, “Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child” by Sandro Botticelli and “The Three Ages of Man” by Titian (Tiziano Vecelli). You can also view works from other Old Masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velazquez, Anthony van Dyck, Albrecht Durer and El Greco.
What to Expect to Find
Not only does the National Gallery of Scotland house works of the Old Masters, the gallery also has works that define the different periods in fine art that lead right up the modern age. Visitors will marvel at the art of the more modern masters of fine art such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet. It is also possible to trace the history of Scottish fine art through the collection of Scottish masterpieces.
The National Gallery of Scotland has now come to house what is known as one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art. It is possible to see fine art from such traditions as religious, Renaissance, Abstract, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Collage, Interior and works from Colourists and the Glasgow Boys. Visitors can also view Documentary, Narrative and Topographical. The collection has works whose subjects include seascapes, still life and self-portraits.
It is not only the collection of fine art in the National Gallery of Scotland that attracts tourist and other art lovers, the gallery is located in a complex that includes an education area, lecture theatre and an interactive touch screen that highlights some of the masterpieces and other attractions that are located in the National Gallery.
After viewing the sights, the visitor will welcome a stop in the Gallery Restaurant and Bar where it is possible to get anything from light refreshments to a fine lunch. There is enough on the menu to indulge yourself for a quick meal or a longer and more relaxed visit. The restaurant, which is wheelchair accessible, is managed by Searcy’s, who have been in the food and hospitality business for 150 years. The restaurant, which overlooks the Gardens and the historic buildings along the Royal Mile, serves fine meals that are prepared under the supervision of a Head Chef.
The National Gallery of Scotland is open year round to visitors. It is possible to take a walk though time as you view the masterpieces from the ages right up to the modern era. At the National Gallery of Scotland, visitors will find enough sights and special exhibitions to create a memorable visit that will be remembered for years to come.