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Cabinet Pictures

Closed until at least 14 February

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All of our Gallery buildings are closed until at least 14 February 2021, in line with Scottish Government restrictions. Modern One is closed until 27 March.

Once the preserve of royalty and the nobility, the collecting and commissioning of paintings become progressively widespread over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both north and south of the Alps.

A strong market developed for small-scale, highly finished works like those displayed in this room. Often painted on hard supports such as copper or fruitwood panels, their exquisite details and jewel-like finish could be contemplated at close quarters in domestic settings, in private studies or picture galleries. The sheer finesse of their craftsmanship was an end in itself.

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We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • No lockers
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • <b>Closed until at least 14 February</b>
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
10am-5pm daily

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