Ian Sclater

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Scottish art can trace its origins from the carvers of intricate designs on Pictish stones (the Northeast of Scotland has the greatest remaining concentration in Britain) to the country's best-selling artists of all time, Jack Vettriano, whose ‘The Singing Butler', sells more posters and postcards than any other artist in the UK. From the tip of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to the main street in Coldstream half a mile from the bridge across the River Tweed into England, Scotland is home to well over 500 art galleries - and that does not count the hundreds of studio galleries and workshops scattered around the country. Here are some of Scotland's top public art galleries.
The Queen´s Gallery

The Royal Collection is probably the most valuable in the world, and The Queen's Gallery showcases selections from it in a series of changing exhibitions. Marking Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee is ‘Treasures from The Queen's Palaces' (until Nov 4), about a hundred works spanning 500 years and reflecting the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopened in late 2011 after an extensive revamp which added 60 per cent more space and a new photography gallery. The impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs captures seven centuries of the great and the good in Scotland, from a pious-looking Mary, Queen of Scots to an action shot of football great Kenny Dalglish.

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is housed in two buildings across the road from one another; both set in extensive parkland dotted with major sculptural pieces and ‘land art'. Modern One shows works from the national collection, from the early 20th century onwards, while Modern Two (previously the Dean Gallery) hosts a changing program of world class exhibitions.

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