Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm.

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Fine Art, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-coming-soon/scots-in-ltaly

The Tweeddales | Power, Politics and Portraits

  • 23 April 2016 — 28 May 2017 *on now

Wealthy, influential and politically savvy the Tweeddale family was at the heart of Scottish society in the second half of the seventeenth century. At the head of the family was John Hay (1626 – 1697), 2nd Earl and later 1st Marquess of Tweeddale.

Tweeddale's marriage to Lady Jean Scott (1629-1688), second daughter of the Borders landowner Walter Scott, 1st Earl of Buccleuch, brought him wealth, opportunity, and a large family - the couple had several children. Members of the Tweeddale dynasty married into some of the most noble families in Scotland and England.

The highlight of the exhibition is the fascinating group portrait of the Marquess and his family, attributed to the Flemish artist Sir John Baptiste de Medina, which was painted around 1695.

While several members of the Tweeddale family are acknowledged for their contribution to politics, the military and for their strategic marriage matches, their role as patrons of the arts and architecture is often overlooked. The family were enthusiastic art collectors who commissioned portraits and landscapes by established and little-known artists, particularly those of Dutch, Flemish and German origin including, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Sir Peter Lely, Gerard Soest and Sir John Baptiste de Medina. Paintings by these artists feature in the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-coming-soon/the-tweeddales/

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH2 1JO
Scotland

Website

www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/298-introduction

E-mail

enquiries@nationalgalleries.org

Telephone

0131 332 2266

Fax

0131 343 3250

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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