This display is dominated by works painted in the Venetian Republic and its northern territories – at a time when it was at the height of its commercial and artistic prowess. The sixteenth century saw a new generation of artists revolutionise Venetian painting, adopting rich, vibrant colours, looser brushstrokes and taking a keen interest in the effects of light. The master of this distinct Venetian style of painting was Titian, who is represented in this display through allegorical, religious and mythological paintings which include two of his great poesie paintings – Diana and Actaeon, and Diana and Callisto.
This room is also the temporary home of Hugo van der Goes’s Trinity Altarpiece, one of the most important religious works commissioned for a Scottish chapel. Dating from the 1470’s, the panels are one of the earliest examples of painting in Scotland to survive the Reformation.
In order to protect our vulnerable works of art from any kind of accidental damage we kindly ask all visitors to either carry their rucksack/backpack by hand or place it in a locker.
We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and there will be limited disabled access to some areas. Some facilities will also be temporarily removed.
Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.
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