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The ceiling of the Great Hall in the Gallery. Scottish National Portrait Gallery

After a dramatic renovation, the new Scottish National Portrait Gallery opens today. The Gallery – looks forward to welcoming you back to one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and to all it has to offer. Enjoy new displays and explore a comprehensive overview of Scotland past and present through a wealth of imagery ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie to contemporary heroes.

See this outstanding national collection in glorious new spaces, from the suite of grand top-lit galleries to smaller intimate rooms. Discover the brand new gallery dedicated to photography and the atmospheric, restored Victorian Library.

The ceiling in the Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall [above] has fascinated and inspired generations of visitors. The Gallery of Stars was exquisitely painted by William Hole and shows some well-known constellations, such as Gemini, and more unusual stars including a constellation representing the giraffe (camelopardalis) in the night sky.

You can help support the Gallery and its work by placing your name, or that of a loved one, in the Gallery of Stars for another generation. With their donation sponsors can choose a star in a particular constellation. Further information here.



December 2011
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