Featured Image: National Galleries of Scotland’s Sandro Botticelli: Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490)

A collection of rare renaissance art, on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland, is on display at the de Young museum for nearly three months.

From March 7 until May 31, the 55-piece collection titled Botticelli to Braque will reside in the Herbst Exhibition Galleries within the museum.

Two pieces from the collection are considered to be standouts: Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490) and Sir Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch (ca. 1795).

Credit: National Galleries of Scottland, Sir Henry Raeborn's The Skating Minister (ca. 1795).
Credit: National Galleries of Scotland, Sir Henry Raeburn’s The Skating Minister (ca. 1795)

Both are considered revolutionary transitions for the artist responsible. However, the Botticelli piece has never been shown in the U.S. before. Including its vintage, the National Galleries of Scotland considers it the headline piece.

“It’s very hard to move from picture to picture because each one is so fine,” said Dede Wilsey, president of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Board of Trustees.

“You want to stay there and take it all in or have someone explain to you how great it is,” Wilsey said. “But you have to move along.”

Other featured artists include Diego Velazquez, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Frederick Edwin Church, Claude Monet, Paul Gaugin, Georges Seurat and Pablo Picasso.

These names span nearly 400 years of art production.

Credit: National Galleries of Scottland, Diego Valazquez: Old Woman Cooking Eggs (ca. 1618).
Credit: National Galleries of Scotland, Diego Valazquez: Old Woman Cooking Eggs (ca. 1618).

Given the weight of the names and the rarity of the pieces, guided-docent-tour frequency has been doubled. Additionally, headset-guided tours are available for an additional charge.

Prices vary from weekday to weekend, children to seniors, but ID-bearing students get $5 off.