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Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from the collection.

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In Focus | The Storm by William McTaggart


Why are there so few female artists?
Narrated by Blanche Anderson

Questions about art

In this new series of films we'll explore some frequent musings about art - using questions asked by our audiences. What makes a painting iconic? Why aren't there more female artists? Why can’t I touch artworks when I'm in a gallery?

The ten most expensive paintings in history were painted by men. And of the $196 billion spent on art at auction in the last decade, women accounted for only 2% of sales. So why are so few female artists represented in the world of art?

Why can't I touch art?
Narrated by Michael Pedersen

If you’ve ever seen a painting behind glass, or a barrier in front of a sculpture, you might have wondered, ‘why can’t I touch that?’ So why can’t you touch art? And as the world of art constantly evolves, is this changing?

Inspiring collections

Inspiring collections

New acquistions

This collection presents some of the works acquired in recent years, including painting, works on paper and photography.

Scottish art

In this collection, you can explore a selection of highlights from our collection of Scottish art.


The National Galleries of Scotland has over 96,000 objects in its collection. We have selected just a few of these for you to enjoy.

MacKinnon Collection

This unique collection of Scottish photography represents Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic transformation and innovation. 


Browse the collection by subject

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From our archive

From our archive

Every Thursday, we dip in to our archive to uncover an extraordinary art treasure.


A look at astonishing works by Marie Čermínová (1902-1980), more famously known as Toyen.

La Dame Ovale

A look at a livre d’artiste written by the Surrealist painter, poet and author Leonora Carrington, and illustrated by Max Ernst.

Surrealist Argentinian playing cards

A deck of playing cards crafted by the Argentinian painter, designer, illustrator and author, Leonor Fini.

Artist book of proverbs

We take a look at a fascinating artist book of proverbs from around the world by Linda K. Johnson.