National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (must see)
No art lover should miss a chance to visit the National Gallery of Scotland, which you will find on the Mound, just next to the Royal Scottish Academy.
In 1859 when the building opened the gallery shared the place with the academy. It also housed the Portrait Gallery and the lack of space became a real problem until the Portrait Gallery moved to its new building. But by 1906 more space was needed and the academy moved into the building next door. The gallery was entirely renovated in 1912.
The gallery features both Scottish and European art and you will be delighted with the collection that counts over 30 000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from the early Renaissance period to the end of the 19th century.
You will see works by Bassano, Bernini, Botticelli, Cézanne, Constable and Degas. You can admire “Vision of the Sermon” by Gauguin, paintings and drawings by El Greco, Titan, Tiepolo, Titan and da Vinci. Among the statues is the beautiful sculpture of “The Three Graces” by Canova.
The gallery also houses an amazing Research Library that contains over 50 000 books, journals, microfilms and slides from 1300 to 1900. This is one of the finest reference libraries in the world.
The Western Link is an underground interconnection between the gallery and the academy. In this area is a lecture theatre, a restaurant and the gallery shop. There is also an interactive IT Gallery where, using touch-screens, you can see the gallery’s entire collection.
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm;
Thursday: 10.00 am-7.00 pm.