The National Gallery
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Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
Founded in 1824 to display a collection of just 36 paintings, today the National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works. There are masterpieces from virtually every European school of art. The modern Sainsbury Wing extension contains the gallery’s earliest works: Italian paintings by early masters like Giotto and Piero della Francesca. The basement of the Sainsbury Wing is also the setting for temporary exhibitions. In the West Wing are Italian Renaissance masterpieces by Correggio, Titian and Raphael; in the North Wing, seventeenth-century Dutch, Flemish, Italian and Spanish Old Masters. In the East Wing (reached via the street-level entrance in Trafalgar Square) are some of the gallery’s most popular paintings: works by the French Impressionists and post-Impressionists, including on of Monet’s water lily paintings and one of Van Gogh’s sunflowers series. You can’t see everything in one visit to the National Gallery, but the free guided tours and audio guides will help you make the most of your time. There’s also a wonderfully atmospheric café stocked with Oliver Peyton goodies, and a fine-dining restaurant, the National Dining Rooms.
National Gallery Trafalgar Square
What's on at National Gallery
Painting, Architecture, Renaissance art
Architecture plays an important role in Italian renaissance art, giving a what would have been a familiar edge to biblical stories. This show explores the techniques and theories behind the use of buildings in art of the time.
A geographical journey through art history traces the use of colour. The powders and pigments used from the renaissance through to impressionist France with each room dedicated to a different colour. Expect works by Edgar Degas among many others.
Masterpiece, Renaissance art
It would appear that there is no such thing as too much Rembo. Especially when the shows are massive Autumn blockbusters providing an incredibly rare opportunity to see 40 of the Dutch master's late period paintings alongside 20 drawings and some 30 prints....
Painting, Renaissance art
The National Gallery's fantastic collection of German renaissance paintings are the focus of this show, with stunning works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, examining the evolution of their work.
Masterpiece, Painting, Renaissance art
As one of the leading lights of the Venetian renaissance, Paolo Veronese crafted subtle, beautiful works that dealt with a wide breadth of topics and shined a light on the opulence of Venetian life in the sixteenth century. This will be the first show...
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No-one can accuse the National Gallery of false advertising. This show is called ‘The Sunflowers’ and that, pretty much, is all you get. For a split second it feels like it won’t be enough to justify the hype and satisfy the crowds. But then, as the sunshine...
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Van Gogh exhibit is a must see for any art lover, it's truly moving to see his most famous pieces together, absolutely beautiful. Whole gallery is amazing.
This is an essential visit to an old friend, majestic, personal, inspiring and full of hidden treasure. Always stopping to see the breathtaking delaroche "execution of lady jane grey", a powerful, tragic and vast piece of work. The National Gallery is truly a space for everyone, anyone, all of us.
A perfect place to keep an eye on for different exhibitions to lose yourself in. Wonderful building as well.