The National Galleries of Scotland hold an internationally significant collection of Netherlandish paintings, drawings, and prints. They are kept and displayed across two sites in Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Works dating from after around 1900, including by Dutch and Belgian artists, are predominantly with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The historic displays range from Hugo van der Goes’s Trinity Altarpiece (lent by Her Majesty The Queen) to important paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck as well as by Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Pieter Saenredam, and Johannes Vermeer’s early Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Among the works on paper are exceptional drawings by Hendrick Goltzius, Rubens, and Van Dyck, and by rare artists such as Hieronymus Cock, Pieter Lastman, and the enigmatic Jan van Stinemolen. The print collection includes superb impressions by Goltzius and Rembrandt. Adriaen de Vries’s magnificent bronze, Cain slaying Abel is on long-term loan from the Torrie Collection at the University of Edinburgh.
Kate Anderson, Senior Curator Pre 1700 Portraiture and Tico Seifert, Senior Curator of Northern European Art (June 2021)