Scottish National Gallery
The National Galleries of Scotland looks after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art which we are proud to display in an international context.
We care for, research and develop these collections and we aim to share these works of art with as wide a public as possible. Every year we welcome over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world to our various Galleries sited in Edinburgh.
We have active programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions and where possible we work with partners across Scotland to maximise the impact of our activities.
Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm.
Rubens & Company | Flemish Drawings from the Scottish National Gallery
- 18 June — 28 August 2016 *on now
The Scottish National Gallery has a fine collection of Flemish paintings, including famous works by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. The Print Room houses some 35,000 works on paper which, due to their fragility and sensitivity to light, can only be displayed for short periods of time and are therefore little-known.
Rubens & Company highlights an outstanding selection of the Gallery’s Flemish drawings of the seventeenth century. Masterpieces by Rubens, the towering figure of the Flemish Baroque, are shown alongside famous works by Jordaens and Van Dyck and accompanied by works by less prominent artists such as Jan Cossiers, Abraham van Diepenbeeck and Cornelis Schut, which have rarely, in some cases never, been displayed before. Many of them are preparatory drawings or studies which offer a fascinating insight into the function of drawings as well as studio practice. Rubens & Company celebrates these artists and invites our visitors to discover and enjoy their skill in the art of drawing.
The exhibition is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue, providing a lively panorama of Flemish draughtsmanship in the seventeenth century, its subjects and techniques.
- Family friendly
Inspiring Impressionism | Daubigny, Monet and Van Gogh
- 25 June — 2 October 2016 *on now
A key figure in the development of nineteenth-century French landscape painting, Charles François Daubigny (1817-1878) has never been the subject of a major international exhibition.
This show will show how this relatively overlooked artist anticipated and influenced many of the practices associated with Impressionism, as well as supporting and inspiring the artists themselves. The full range of Daubigny’s output will be represented, from his major Salon paintings to his smaller oil sketches.
Through a series of fascinating and often surprising juxtapositions with the work of Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh and others, it will highlight the interactions and mutual influence between Daubigny and the Impressionists, as well as his importance for the next generation.
This exhibition is organized by the National Galleries of Scotland in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati.
Bags of Art and Cart
Bags of Art and Art Cart enables young visitors and their families to explore the diverse range of art on show. It is loaded with an exciting variety of art materials and specially-designed creative activities. Trained educators are also on hand to help young visitors with enquiries.
How to obtain
Drop in to the National Gallery's self-led art activities to explore the Art Cart. Contact email@example.com or 0131 6246410 for more details.
Saturday Art Club
Saturday Art Club consists of four-week courses, each led by a different artist, and linked to a particular exhibition, theme, display or artwork. Sessions are led by practising artists, providing continuity between courses for the participants. Saturday Art Club currently runs from September to April each year. There are two classes: 10.00-12.00 for 5-7 year olds and 13.30-15.30 for 8-11 year olds. A maximum of fifteen participants in each group is maintained to ensure a high-quality experience.
How to obtain
To book contact the gallery on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 6246410. Also note that the host gallery of Saturday Art Club does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues.
Saturday Studio is devised with and for young people aged 11-15 years. The courses take place in four-week blocks on Saturday afternoons from 13.30-16.30. Saturday Studio currently runs from September to April each year. There is a maximum of fifteen participants to ensure a quality experience. Saturday Studio began in September 2004, developing out of Saturday Art Club. As a particular group of young people reached the 11 year old cut-off, they wanted to continue attending courses at the Galleries. They themselves were involved in planning the format, timing and content of Saturday Studio. Such consultation with participants continues by meetings and letters.
How to obtain
Booking ahead is essential and can be done by contacting email@example.com or calling 0131 6246410. Also note that Saturday Studio does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues, depending on the course so do check in advance.
Scottish National Gallery
0131 624 6200
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