Spanning the last four centuries, from the Renaissance to Impressionism, the exhibition - titled The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland - brings simply awe-inspiring works by the old masters to the Art Gallery of NSW, including Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Degas, Gaugin and Cézanne.

The 74 works hail from the National Galleries of Scotland's permanent collection and with the exception of two (Rembrandt's A Woman in bed (1647) and Seurat's La Luzerne, Saint-Denis (1884-85)) have never before travelled to Australia. One of the works, Botticielli's Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child (1485), hasn't left the UK in 169 years.

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The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see some of the world's most precious artworks up close in Australia and runs from today (October 24) until February 14 - so there's no excuse not to get yourselves to the gallery at some point. It's part of the Sydney International Art Series 2015-16; head to for more details. 

See this now: the greatest names in European art are in Sydney

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