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.
 Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, 'The Red Ballet Skirts', about 1900

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell

  • 20 September 2017 — 7 May 2018 *on now

A rare opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels, and drawings by leading French Impressionist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

The Burrell Collection holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’s works in the world. Rarely seen in public, this exhibition marks the first time the group of 20 pastels has been shown outside of Scotland, since they were acquired.

One of the greatest artistic innovators of his age, Degas found new ways of depicting modern Parisian life; pursuing a vision distinct from that of his fellow Impressionists. He also relentlessly experimented with materials, particularly pastel that he came to prefer over oil paint.

Coinciding with the centenary of Degas’s death, and including complementary works from the National Gallery Collection, the exhibition offers unique insight into the practices and preoccupations of a complex and intensely private artist. Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/drawn-in-colour-degas-from-the-burrell?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=degas2017

John Everett Millais, 'Mariana', 1851

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

  • 2 October 2017 — 2 April 2018 *on now

Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.

Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning.

The exhibition will bring together for the first time the 'Arnolfini Portrait' with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission charge applies. Free for members.

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/reflections-van-eyck-and-the-pre-raphaelites

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop, Odalisque in Grisaille (detail), about 1824-34

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

  • 30 October 2017 — 18 February 2018 *on now

Explore the tradition of painting in black and white from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century.

Painting using predominantly black-and-white pigments has long held a fascination for artists, yet there has never been a major exhibition on the subject.

‘Monochrome’ presents a series of case studies that investigate where and when grisaille painting was used and to what effect: from early religious works to paintings that emulate sculpture or respond to other media such as printmaking, photography, and film.

Comprising works on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas by artists such as Leonardo, Rembrandt, Degas, Picasso, and Gerhard Richter (1932–), ‘Monochrome’ encourages visitors to trace the fascinating but little-studied history of black-and-white painting.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission charge applies. Free for members.

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/monochrome-painting-in-black-and-white

Tacita Dean, Prisoner Pair

Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE

  • 15 March — 28 May 2018

Curated by Tacita Dean and guided by her own understanding of the genre, 'STILL LIFE' presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums.

Works by the artist herself – including a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, 'Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting', and 'Prisoner Pair' (2008, 16mm) – feature alongside works by Dean's contemporaries, including Thomas Demand, Roni Horn, and Wolfgang Tillmans, and paintings from the National Gallery Collection, such as Zurbarán’s Cup of Water and a Rose.

'STILL LIFE' examines the genre's legacy within the history of art and demonstrates the continued importance of the still life genre and the National Gallery Collection as sources of inspiration in contemporary art practice.

This exhibition is part of an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, who are hosting related exhibitions, 'Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT' and 'Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE,' respectively.

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/tacita-dean-still-life?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=tacitadean2018

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.
Piero della Francesca, Baptism of Christ

Stories of art: Module two: 1400–1500

  • 13 December 2017 2-4pm
  • 20 December 2017 2-4pm

A modular introduction to art history using the Gallery’s collection to explore key themes and stories in art. This course is ideal for people with some existing knowledge of art history.

The National Gallery’s collection reveals many stories about art. Enrich your understanding of them by signing up for this modular course. Gallery experts including curators, conservators, educators, archivists, and scientists will share their knowledge with you; sessions are structured around key themes such as faith, artists’ materials, society, and stories.

The full course consists of six modules, although each module stands alone.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£150
£125 Concessions
£100 Members

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/stories-of-art-november-2017?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=event&utm_content=stories-class

leonardo da vinci, leonardo, painting, renaissance

Stories of Art: 1500-1600

  • 3 January — 7 February 2018

Led by National Gallery experts.

Admission

£150
£125 concessions
£100 Members

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/stories-of-art-january-2018?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=event&utm_content=stories-of-art

jan van eyck, arnolfini portrait

Pre-Raphaelite inspirations

  • 1 — 8 February 2018

Led by a National Gallery expert.

Admission

£42
£40 concessions
£38 Members

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-1-february-2018-1400?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=event&utm_content=pre-raph

andrew marr

Andrew Marr in conversation

  • 2 February 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Andrew Marr discusses his favourite paintings and his new book 'A Short Book About Painting'

Admission

£16
£15 concessions
£14 Members

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/in-conversation-2-february-2018-1830?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=event&utm_content=andrew-marr

caravaggio, italian baroque, painting

Stores of Art: 1600-1700

  • 21 February — 28 March 2018

Including art by Rembrandt and Caravaggio.

Admission

£150
£125 concessions
£100 Members

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/stories-of-art-february-2018?utm_source=culture24&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=event&utm_content=1600-1700

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.

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.

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.

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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