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  • The Fourth Plinth at The National Gallery © Abigail Lelliott / Time Out

  • The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger © The National Gallery, London

  • Julian Opie portraits © Time Out

  • © National Gallery, London

  • The Central Hall © National Gallery, London

  • Leonardo's 'Lady with an Ermine', 1489-90 © National Gallery

  • The Sainsbury Wing © National Gallery, London

  • © National Gallery, London

  • Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out

  • The National Gallery cafe © Rogan Macdonald

  • Children's painting workshop © Susannah Stone/Time Out

The Fourth Plinth at The National Gallery © Abigail Lelliott / Time Out

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    National Gallery Trafalgar Square
    London
    WC2N 5DN

  • Venue phone:

    020 7747 2885

  • Venue website:

    www.nationalgallery.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm

  • Transport:

    Tube: Charing Cross

  • Price:

    Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions

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Goya: The Portraits

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The first ever show to focus on the portraits by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spain’s leading artist in the late eighteenth century and one of the most psychologically revealing painters of all time, is set to be a highlight of autumn 2015.  Two masterful...

Goya: The Portraits
  1. Wed Oct 7 2015 – Sun Jan 10 2016
  2. National Gallery
  3. £tba
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Inventing Impressionism

Painting

It may seem surprising that there was a time when the works of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir were not fashionable. Just like any ground-breaking art movement that went against the grain, it took considerable time and endless...

Inventing Impressionism
  1. Wed Mar 4 2015 – Sun May 31 2015
  2. National Gallery
  3. £tba
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Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water

Painting

  • Free

The celebrated British painter presents eight intense, large-scale paintings of giant waves on the Suffolk-coast. As the first artist chosen for the National Gallery's Artist in Residence scheme back in 1980, Hambling returns to Trafalgar Square with...

Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water
  1. Thu Nov 27 – Sun Feb 15 2015
  2. National Gallery
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Peder Balke

Painting

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Free

If you want proof that there’s more to Norway than midnight sun, endless winter nights and sweeping ice-bound tundra, Peder Balke (1804-1887) isn’t your guy. Balke was a failed artist. By the 1850s, he’d grown so tired of not ‘making it’ that he gave...

Peder Balke
  1. Thu Nov 27 – Sun Apr 12 2015
  2. National Gallery
  3. Free
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Rembrandt: The Late Works

Renaissance art, Masterpiece

  • Rating: 5/5

It takes balls to show the best works first (museum etiquette dictates a sprinkling of masterpieces), so the National Gallery displays some hefty cojones by exhibiting probably the finest group of paintings anywhere in the world at the very start of this...

Rembrandt: The Late Works
  1. Thu Nov 27 – Sun Jan 18 2015
  2. National Gallery
  3. £18, £9-16 concs
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Sometime between 1565 and 1570, Giovanni Battista Moroni painted Il Tagliapani (The Tailor) on view in the National Gallery's Room 12.

Il Tagliapani emerges from black space a free man without pretension but with a diginified chest and a judging eye.  He wears a cream-coloured rough-textured doublet, dotted lines flowing down the front.  A brown belt decorates his waist.  Blood red round hose completes the clothing.  His right hand, clasping gleaming black shears, rests on a table.  He is about to slit black material along a dotted line. 

Moroni's depiction of Il Tagliapani as the equal of his clientele is a great achievement for a Sixteenth Century painter, but there is more. 

Shears may be used as a tool or a weapon, depending on necessity.

Moroni anticipates five hundred years of history.

Stevie King

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.

Harvey Appleby

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.

Kirsten

A perfect place to keep an eye on for different exhibitions to lose yourself in. Wonderful building as well.