20 unmissable paintings in London
Time Out's guide to must-see works of art in the city
Not only is London home to a vibrant and ever-changing contemporary art scene but it’s also the place to see some of the world’s greatest historical artworks. For a crash fine art primer Helen Sumpter rounds up the top 20 unmissable paintings in the permanent collections of London’s major museums and galleries.
The exquisite detail and representation of light, not to mention the cute pooch, are part of the enduring appeal of this extraordinary portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife. Contrary to appearances, Mrs Arnolfini isn’t expecting Giovani junior, it’s the bunched-up frock fabric she’s holding against her that’s causing that tummy bulge.
See 'The Arnolfini Portrait' by Jan Van Eyck at the National Gallery.