art · Edinburgh

The art of Edinburgh

The Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is housed in an imposing neoclassical building in The Mound in central Edinburgh. It’s free to enter but currently you have to book a timed entry slot. It seems like there is large development project happening to expand the gallery. This, along with the COVID pandemic, means that there is a considerable amount of art not on display.

There is a very nice shop attached and a cafe with some great food too.

Despite being limited in the number of artworks on display, the range is wide, from 14th century religious masterpieces to post impressionist works by Van Gogh. I enjoyed the gallery, looking forward to visiting again when the entire development project is complete.

The Adoration of the Kings with Saints Ursula and Catherine of Alexandria by Vitale da Bologna, 1350
The Adoration of the Kings with Saints Ursula and Catherine of Alexandria by Vitale da Bologna, 1350
The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1501
The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1501
Madonna and Child by Master of the Embroided Foliage, late 15th century
Madonna and Child by Master of the Embroided Foliage, late 15th century
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels by the Ferrarase School, 1470
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels by the Ferrarase School, 1470
The Monarch of the Glen by Edwin Landseer, 1851
The Monarch of the Glen by Edwin Landseer, 1851
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent, 1892
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent, 1892
Montagne Sainte Victoire by Paul Cezanne, 1890
Montagne Sainte Victoire by Paul Cezanne, 1890
The Big Trees by Paul Cezanne, 1902
The Big Trees by Paul Cezanne, 1902
Orchard in Blossom, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Orchard in Blossom, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Olive Trees by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
Olive Trees by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
Haystacks by Claude Monet, 1891
Haystacks by Claude Monet, 1891

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is in Edinburgh on Queen Street. Free to enter and similar to all other galleries, entry is by timed ticket only currently. The building is in an impressive red sandstone gothic revival building. The central hall contains a collection of beautiful friezes depicting scenes from Scottish history as well as a painted ceiling depicting the constellations. The artworks range over hundreds of years and contain more modern portraits of contemporary Scottish figures such as Annie Lennox and Alan Cummings.

The shop did not appear to be open but the cafe was open and was pretty decent.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Muriel Gray by Iain Clark 2005
Muriel Gray by Iain Clark, 2005
Alan Cumming by Christian Hook, 2014
Alan Cumming by Christian Hook, 2014
Tilda Swinton by John Byrne, 2002
Tilda Swinton by John Byrne, 2002

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

There are two modern galleries in the city, Modern 1 and Modern 2. They are two impressive neo-classical buildings in the west of the city, opposite each other. The buildings are surrounded by lovely parkland with shady trees to sit under.

Modern 1 is the main gallery, modern 2 is for temporary exhibitions. Modern 1 also has a lovey cafe with a garden too. Both are free to enter but currently you have to book a timed ticket.

I spent about an hour in the gallery. Not a huge collection but interesting in its interpretation of what modern art means. It included some art from the early 20th century which I really liked, particularly the Scottish Colourists works.

The Scottish Colourists

Twilight, Royan by John Duncan Fergusson, 1910
Boats at Royan, Samuel John Peploe, 1910
Veules les Roses, Samuel John Peploe, 1910
Dieppe, 14 July 1905, John Duncan Fergusson, 1905

Pop art

Portrait of Maurice, Andy Warhol, 1976
In the Car by Roy Lichenstein 1963\

Surrealism

Explodoing Raphaelesque Head by Salvador Dali, 1951

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