EDINBURGH ART GALLERIES
Art is an integral and significant part of Edinburgh's cutural past and present and Scotland's capital is proud of its impressive array of art galleries dotted around the city, welcoming approximately four million visitors every year.
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Edinburgh's art galleries and studios house breathtaking displays and exhibiitons, both permanant and temporary. Each venue encapsulates the whole artistic spectrum, allowing visitors to indulge in a visual feast of classical paintings from Europe, sculptures and contemporary visual art.
The National Gallery of Scotland is always a good starting point to soak up Edinburgh's spectacular collections of fine art. Sandwiched between Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, the gallery is home to Scotland's finest collections of European paintings dating from the Renaissance period to post-impressionism. The venue also showcases masterpieces by Jacopo Bassano, Van Dyck and Tiepolo and an exquisite collection of sculptures, including Bernini's 'Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo', Botticelli's Virgin adroning the sleeping Christ Child and Antonio Canaova's 'Three Graces'.
The city of Edinburgh is home to an exuberant array of modern art incorporaring a variety of media. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art houses more than 5,000 works of art dating the 19th Century to the present. The showpieces and highlights of its stunning collection includes paintings by France's great artists, Bonnard, Matisse and Vuillard, 20th Century oils by Russian artists, Larionov and Gonacharnova and a spectacular array of Experssionis art by Barlach, Nolde and Kirchner.
Edinburgh's City Art Centre is also one of the city's foremost venues to showcase an oustanding array of contemporary and fine art. Described as 'Scotland's leading Emporium of visual art', the Art Centre is home to six exhibition spaces that display Edinburgh's finest collections of Scottish Art in its host of temporary exhibitions that have included Star Trek memorabilia, tapestries, modern sculptures and sketches from Michelangelo.
Art is omnipresent in Scotland's historic capital and housed within Edinburgh's stunning mediaval buildings and castles, victorian galleries and the labyrinth of lanes and mews in Edinburgh's Old Town. Edinburgh is home to some of the finest collections of art in the world and contributes significantly to the arena of contemporary visual art.