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.
Our partial Changing Places toilet has all of the facilities of a full Changing Places toilet, and though the floor area meets the overall size requirement (13.54m2 minimum), it is just a little too narrow to be classed as a full Changing Places toilet.
There are a limited number of small lockers available, but there is no space to store large items of luggage.
There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.
The National can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.
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