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Exhibition

Painting Paradise

The Art of the Garden

Exhibition banner - painting of a man seated by a tree

Whether a sacred 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.

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries. Bringing together paintings, botanical studies, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts, the exhibition explores the changing character of the garden from the 16th to the early 20th century. Includes works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants.

 

 

Events programme

Exhibition Highlights

Lodewijk Toeput (c. 1550-c. 1605)

Pleasure Garden with a Maze

Vincennes porcelain factory (1738-56)

The Sunflower clock

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Job's tears (Coix lachryma-jobi)

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Gallery at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15-minute walk from the station.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.