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Discover over 2,500 works of art collected over 400 years in the University Art Collection.

The Art Collection contains over 5,000 items which reflect the history of the University, the city and Scotland and also supports world-leading research and teaching at Edinburgh. The collection comprises an astonishing range of objects, spanning two millennia and a multitude of artistic periods.

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The Art Collection has as its centrepiece the Torrie Collection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Italian Masters with works by Ruisdael, ten Oever, Van der Meulen, Pynacker, Rosa and van de Velde. The University also holds the second largest collection of portraits in Scotland ranging from seventeenth-century portraits of John Napier and John Knox to the recent dynamic painting of Peter Higgs by Ken Currie. Other portrait artists represented are Sir Henry Raeburn, Stanley Cursiter, Sir George Reid, James Cowie and Victoria Crowe.

The Collection is now an amalgamation of the University of Edinburgh's original art collection which spans some 400 years of collecting, and the Edinburgh College of Art collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture. The ECA collection tells a uniquer story of the artist output of the College, particularly in the early to mid-20th Century. Some of the most respected names in Scottish art appear, such as Samuel Peploe, John Bellany, Anne Redpath and Elizabeth Blackadder.