National Gallery

The National Gallery, London
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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

With free access to over 2,300 paintings from altarpieces to the Impressionists, there's something for everyone at the National Gallery.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

The National Gallery holds regular events given or interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL).
On the last Saturday of every month the ‘Art Through Words’ programme for blind and partially sighted visitors examines one painting in the collection in detail.

The National Gallery’s permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of Western European paintings.

Collection details

Fine Art, Personalities, Religion, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • 'The Wilton Diptych'
  • Jan van Eyck 'The Arnolfini Portrait'
  • Paolo Uccello 'The Battle of San Romano'
  • Piero della Francesca 'The Baptism of Christ'
  • Sandro Botticelli 'Venus and Mars'
  • Leonardo da Vinci 'The Virgin of the Rocks'
  • Michelangelo 'The Entombment'
  • Giovanni Bellini 'The Doge Leonardo Loredan'
  • Raphael 'The Madonna of the Pinks'
  • Jan Gossaert 'The Adoration of the Kings'
  • Titian 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
  • Hans Holbein the Younger 'The Ambassadors'
  • Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 'The Supper at Emmaus'
  • Peter Paul Rubens 'Samson and Delilah'
  • Anthony Van Dyck, 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'
  • Rembrandt 'Self Portrait at the Age of 34'
  • Claude 'Seaport with the Embarkation of Saint Ursula'
  • Diego Velázquez 'The Rokeby Venus'
  • Johannes Vermeer 'A Young Woman standing at a Virginal'
  • Canaletto 'The Stonemason's Yard'
  • Thomas Gainsborough 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
  • George Stubbs 'Whistlejacket'
  • François-Hubert Drouais 'Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame'
  • John Constable, 'The Hay Wain'
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner 'The Fighting Temeraire'
  • Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 'Madame Moitessier'
  • Claude-Oscar Monet 'Bathers at La Grenouillère'
  • Georges Seurat 'Bathers at Asnières'
  • Vincent Van Gogh 'Sunflowers'
  • Paul Cezanne, 'Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)'
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
mantegna, bellini

Mantegna and Bellini

  • 1 May 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

Comprising major loans of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two pre-eminent artists who also happened to be related by marriage.

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/mantegna-and-bellini

landscape

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

  • 11 June — 7 October 2018 *on now

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.

Admission

From £8

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/thomas-cole-eden-to-empire

Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

  • 11 June — 7 October 2018 *on now

Ed Ruscha (1937–) has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/ed-ruscha-course-of-empire

lorenzo lotto

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

  • 5 November 2018 — 10 February 2019

Celebrated as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto uniquely portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters, among them clerics, merchants, and humanists.

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/lorenzo-lotto-portraits

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
screenprinting

Uncover: Screenprinting

  • 21 August 2018 11am-4pm

Led by professional artists, makers and practitioners, 'Uncover' workshops connect you to the creative industries. Taking part is the perfect way to build up your creative portfolio.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£8

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/young-people-workshop-21-august-2018-1100

arnolfini, van eyck, marriage, portrait

A long look: The art of Illusion: Van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait

  • 3 September 2018 2-4pm

Explore illusionism and learn about the tricks and techniques he used to conjure a sense of extraordinary in the ordinary.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£28/£27 conc./£25 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-3-september-2018-1400

still life, lemons

Picture of the month club: De Zurbarán's Still Life with Lemons in a Wicker Basket

  • 4 September 2018 12:45-1:45pm

Discuss our 'picture of the month' over a packed lunch and share your thoughts about the work.

Admission

£7/£6 conc./£5 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/picture-of-the-month-13-march-2018-1245-289518

veronese, paintings, renaissance

City by city: The Italian Renaissance

  • 19 September — 24 October 2018

Learn about the art of Italy's Renaissance cities in this course of six introductory lectures. Each session includes a one-hour lecture followed by 15 minutes of discussion. An optional non-assessed homework is offered on a weekly basis. This typically involves a close-looking exercise in the Gallery.

Admission

£150/£120 conc./£100 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-19-september-2018-1400

jon snow

Jon Snow in conversation

  • 21 September 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Journalist and television presenter Jon Snow, discusses his favourite paintings from the collection with Caroline Campbell, our Director of Collections and Research.

Admission

£16/£15 conc./£14 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/in-conversation-21-september-2018-1830

life drawing

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Manet with SketchSesh

  • 29 September 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty.

Admission

£26/£24 conc./£22 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/life-drawing-salon-workshop-29-september-2018-1330

angel

A Renaissance story of art: Vasari’s Lives of the Artists

  • 20 October 2018 11am-4pm

During the Renaissance Giorgio Vasari began writing biographies of artists, including Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. He elevated humble craftsmen, transforming them to ‘genius artists’.

Admission

£35/£30 conc./£25 Members & Patrons/£10 Students

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-20-october-2018-1100

life drawing

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Seurat with SketchSesh

  • 27 October 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£26/£24 conc./£22 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/life-drawing-salon-workshop-27-october-2018-1330

will gompertz

Will Gompertz on the Impressionists

  • 16 November 2018 6:30-7:30pm

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz talks about Samuel Courtauld’s vision of telling the story of art in one perfectly formed collection.

Admission

£16/£15 conc./£14 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/lecture-16-november-2018-1830

life drawing

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Cézanne with SketchSesh

  • 24 November 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£26/£24 conc./£22 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/life-drawing-salon-workshop-24-november-2018-1330

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Magic Carpet Storytelling on Sundays

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/what/events/familysundays/under5.htm

Fly away on the magic carpet at The National Gallery as it comes to land in front of a different painting each Sunday. Enjoy stories that tie in with creative workshops happening on the same day, suitable for children under 5 years old. Come along at 10.30-11.00 or 11.30-12.00 to the Education Centre.

How to obtain

Booking is not necessary but places are limited and allocated on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Email information@ng-london.org.uk for further details.

Take One Picture

http://www.takeonepicture.org/

Take One Picture
Each year the National Gallery's Take One Picture scheme focuses on a painting from the Collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms.
Paintings can be used for work in literacy, numeracy, ICT, science, history, art and design, craft, design and technology, and PSHEE and citizenship.
Each year the Gallery displays a selection of schools' work in the Take One Picture exhibition.

How to obtain

BOOKING NOW FOR WHOLE PRIMARY STAFF CPD DAYS
Please telephone 020 7747 2844 or email education@ng-london.org.uk for dates and availability.

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
Greater London
WC2N 5DN
England

Website

National Gallery website

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

National Gallery online shop

www.nationalgallery.co.uk

E-mail

information@ng-london.org.uk

Telephone

020 7747 2885

Fax

020 7747 2423

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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