The National Gallery
Abigail Lelliott / Time Out
Time Out says
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.
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Eating and drinking facilities. Café. Restaurant. Accessible facilities. Wheelchair access. Devices for the hearing-impaired. Signing services available. Entertainment facilities. Late night. Event facilities. Audio tours (multiple languages)
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What's on at National Gallery
This exhibition brings together the first twelve acquisitions made for the Barber Institute in the 1930s, displaying Old Master painters such as Frans Hals and Nichols Poussin alongside 19th century masters, Monet and Manet.
Artist-in-residence Michael Landy exhibits seven large-scale kinetic sculptures showing a contemporary representation of the lives of the saints. The sculptures have been made from three-demensional casts of fragments of National Gallery paintings, combined...
This show brings together all three of seventeenth-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's music paintings, 'Young Woman standing at a Virginal', 'Young Woman Seated at a Virginal' and 'The Guitar Player', alongside works by Vermeer's contemporaries...