Scottish National Portrait 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.
Scots in ltaly | Artists and Adventurers
- 5 March 2016 — 3 March 2019 *on now
Celebrated as the centre of classical and modern European civilisation, Italy held many attractions for eighteenth-century Scots. Artists and architects came to study its matchless heritage. Wealthy aristocrats refined their minds and manners in a world of glamour and learning. A motley crowd of adventurers and loyalists pinned their hopes on the exiled Stuart court. Dealers and entrepreneurs, meanwhile, exploited a seemingly endless supply of artistic treasures. Featuring stunning artworks from across the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition explores the Scottish experience of Italy in the eighteenth-century, the period when fascination with the country reached its height.
- Family friendly
Victoria Crowe | Beyond Likeness
- 12 May — 18 November 2018 *on now
Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness brings together some of the finest works by one of the UK’s most distinguished figurative artists, for a captivating and career-spanning exhibition.
Numerous prominent cultural figures, ranging from actors, authors, publishers, composers and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Higgs, composer Thea Musgrave and astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell are among the sitters whose portraits are included in this inspiring exhibition.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Transportation Photographs from the National Galleries of Scotland
- 2 June 2018 — 13 January 2019 *on now
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is the third in a series of thematic exhibitions exploring the exceptional permanent collection of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland.
Navigating land, sea and air, this exhibition takes a look at the variety of modes of transport used around the world from the 1840s onwards.
The Remaking of Scotland | Nation, Migration, Globalisation 1760 - 1860
- 16 June 2018 — 21 June 2020 *on now
Between 1760 and 1860, Scotland’s place in the world was dramatically remade. From a longstanding position at the periphery, Scotland rapidly attained a central role in European cultural life and in Britain’s industrial and imperial expansion. This exhibition explores the lives and careers of the Scots behind this period of dramatic change. It documents the material and artistic benefits of their achievements, while also confronting the darker shadows they cast. It will show how MacPherson, Burns and Scott reinvented Scotland as a land of myth and romance; but also consider how their work could substitute comforting fictions for difficult realities.
- Any age
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen Street
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