ART IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is a paradise for art lovers for there are five art galleries in the centre of town where paintings by world famous artists can be viewed - all for free.
The National Gallery of Scotland is housed in a magnificent Classical building at the foot of the Mound and consists of three interconnected areas - the National Collection of fine art, the Royal Scottish Academy and an area with shops, a restaurant and lecture rooms.
Scotland's National Collection of paintings is reckoned to be one of the best in the world and displays works ranging from Old Masters like Titian and Raphael to famous paintings by Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and during the Festival, opening hours are extended till 6 p.m.
At 1 Queen Street a magnificent red sandstone Victorian building contains Scotland's National Portrait Gallery where portraits of great Scots ranging from kings and queens to writers, artists and captains of industry are on permanent display. Its opening hours are the same as the National Gallery with the addition of an extra two hours on Thursday evenings. Admission is also free and all the galleries have shops and cafes.
A short bus ride away from Princes Street is the Gallery of Modern Art at 15 Belford Road where the work of artists dating from 1900 to the present day are on display in fine building sitting in the middle of well laid out parkland. Works by Picasso and Matisse can be seen there.
Adjoining the Modern Art Gallery is the Dean Gallery that contains a Dada and Surrealist collection as well as works by sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. All Belford Road galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. - again free.
Back in the centre of the city, at 2 Market Street overlooking Waverley Station, is the City Art Gallery which is run by Edinburgh City Corporation. It contains six separate galleries and always has a permanent collection on show as well as mounting special exhibitions on subjects which have ranged from Michaelangelo to Egyptian art. Entry is usually free but a charge may be made for special exhibitions. It is open weekdays from 9.30 till 5 p.m.
Opposite the City Art Centre the Fruitmarket Gallery puts on cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions by international and Scottish artists, and entry is always free.