Over the past five years the National Galleries of Scotland has been systematically digitising the national art collection [there are around 100,000 artworks in the permanent collection], the aim being to have an image of every artwork online by 2023-24. Two of the first substantial holdings to be digitised were the pre-1900 Scottish drawings stored in the Scottish National Gallery’s Print room, and the early photographs at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This talk, by Dr Tricia Allerston, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, highlights the wealth of images of ‘old Edinburgh’ that are now more readily available, and their great utility for those interested in the city’s changing fabric, thanks to the very high resolution digital images that have been produced. Complementing this, she will also give a preview of a new display of historic paintings of Edinburgh which is in development, as part of ‘Celebrating Scotland’s Art’: The Scottish National Gallery Project, which has recently been launched.
Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 7pm
Augustine United Church,
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
There is access for the disabled and an induction loop at the hall.
Lectures are free to members (please show Membership Card at the door) and open to non-members paying a small fee (currently £5.00).