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National Gallery of Scotland

Exterior of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Exterior of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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. Read more about National Gallery of Scotland

National Portrait Gallery Of London

Insignia and metalwork on the gates of the National Portrait Gallery

Insignia and metalwork on the gates

The three men that are responsible for the National Portrait Gallery London are Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope, Thomas Babington Macaulay and Thomas Carlyle. Stanhope tried three times to introduce the idea to the House of Commons and finally in 1856 he succeeded. The National Portrait Gallery London was formally established on December 2, 1856. William Shakespeare became the first portrait to enter the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The National Portrait Gallery of London was basically established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art. It was to be about the status of the sitter, rather then the quality or character of a particular image considered as artwork. This criterion is still used today by the Gallery. It was originally decided by the Trustees that “no portrait of any person still living, or deceased less than 10 years, shall be admitted by purchase, donation, or bequest, except only in the case of the reigning Sovereign, and of his or her Consort”. Read more about National Portrait Gallery Of London

Tate Britain

The Tate Britain houses the largest collection of British art

The Tate Britain houses the largest collection of British art

There are many ways to explore history—reading a textbook, watching a history special on the television, or visiting historical monuments are just a few. It is also possible to explore the various stages of history through the art of that time, and there is no better place to do this than Tate Britain. A visit to Tate Britain can provide visitors with a complete history of the country through art from the year 1500 to the present day. The many visitors that flock Tate Britain daily indicate the art museum’s success at accomplishing their goal, which is to provide the means for people to understand, enjoy, and appreciate British art.

An Original Wonder

Originally, Tate Britain was opened in 1897 at Millbank as the National Gallery of British Art. In 1917, the museum expanded its content to include international art as well. Over the years, the art collection outgrew the original location, and two regional locations were added at St. Ives and Liverpool. Read more about Tate Britain

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern

The Tate collection is known for being extensive both in size and variety. While it started out as a modest collection in one building, over the years it became clear that more room was needed to house the rapidly growing collection of art. In 2000, Tate Modern was established in a former power station in the center of London to meet these needs, and it has become a vital tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The most recently established of the four Tate galleries features international modern art, which includes all works after 1900.

A Contemporary Collection

Part of what makes Tate Modern distinct from Tate Britain and the other Tate museums is that it exclusively features works created after 1900. Also, it by definition features works that are of an international, as opposed to national, importance. While this means that the museum, which is located in London, displays celebrated art from all over the world, it by no means excludes British artwork from the museum. Read more about Tate Modern

The National Gallery

View of the National Gallery from Trafalgar Square

View of the National Gallery from Trafalgar Square

You should never miss The National Gallery when you are out visiting London. Located in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery holds a lot of interesting treasures that one cannot find anywhere else in the world. Founded in 1824, The National Gallery houses more that 2,300 paintings from various artists from different era. Some of the paintings on display at the gallery dates as early as the middle of the 13th century. Works of famous artists like Leonardo da Vince, Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and many others can be found in this gallery.

History In The Making

When it comes to establishing a national art collection that showcases the history and culture of its people, Great Britain was considered as a late bloomer by European standards. Read more about The National Gallery

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