The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse showcases changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Current exhibition - "Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer".
Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of VermeerFriday, 4 March 2016 to Sunday, 24 July 2016
The Dutch artists of the 17th century painted ordinary people doing everyday things. They offer us a glimpse into the rumbustious life of village taverns and peasant cottages, and the quiet domesticity of courtyards and parlours.
While the subject-matter may be ordinary – the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game – the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape. The meticulously documented details often allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer.
Presenting 28 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the exhibition includes works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'.
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden
Friday, 5 August 2016 to Sunday, 19 February 2017
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden will explore the changing character of the garden in art from the 16th to the early 20th century.Whether a sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where man and nature meet. The exhibition will include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn and the Sèvres Porcelain Factory, and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants.
The Queen's Gallery is open daily.