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The Scottish National Gallery is one of five national galleries in the city. Its collections include mainly collections of works of art from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the national collection of Scottish art, founded in the 17th-19th century. You can see here paintings by El Greco, Paul Cezanne, Rembrandt or Velasquez.
The gallery is located in a neoclassical building designed by William Henry Playfair. It was opened in 1859. The origins of the facility are associated with the Royal Institution for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts, which began collecting works of art from 1819. Twenty years later, it was transformed into the Royal Scottish Academy, now the main Scottish royal artistic institution, whose main goal was to create a national art gallery.