National Gallery

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

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One of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and admission to see them is free.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

The 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.

Monet: The Water Garden at Giverny

  • 16 September 2014 — 16 September 2015 *on now

In 1918, the day after the Armistice was signed, Monet promised a group of paintings to the French nation as a 'monument to peace'. Known as the 'Water-Lilies', they continue to captivate visitors almost a century later.

Claude Monet lived at Giverny, Normandy, for half of his long life; during his final decades, he almost exclusively painted the garden filled with water-lilies he had created there. A keen horticulturist, he intended the garden 'for the pleasure of the eyes and also for the purpose of having subjects to paint'.

This display highlights the National Gallery's exceptional holdings of Monet's Giverny pictures, shown together for the first time in 17 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/monet-the-water-garden-at-giverny

Self-portrait of Rembrandt

Rembrandt: The Final Years

  • 15 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Rembrandt: The Final Years offers visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the passion and innovation of Rembrandt’s late works, in an exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

The exhibition will bring together approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints, featuring key works lent by European and North American museums including the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Mauritshuis in the The Hague.

This extraordinary exhibition highlights the formal and iconographic concerns that occupied Rembrandt in the final years of his life. The works he produced during this period are soulful, honest and in many ways define our image of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Ticket: £18.00
Concession Ticket: £9.00
Senior Ticket: £16.00

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/rembrandt-the-final-years

Peder Balke

  • 12 November 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

Peder Balke is among the most pioneering painters of 19th-century Scandinavia but despite the beauty and expressiveness of his seascapes, few today will recognise his name.

Balke was one of the first artists to venture to the vast, untrodden plains of the North Cape where he was overwhelmed by “opulent beauties of nature and locations delivered to the eye and the mind.” A lack of commercial success forced him to abandon his career as a painter, yet, so alluring was this wilderness on him that Balke continued to paint small scenes for pleasure. Such works, including the Gallery’s ‘Tempest’, are now widely regarded as highly original improvisations of unequalled virtuosity and innovation.

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/peder-balke

Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water

  • 26 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

One of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors, Maggi Hambling, exhibits a new series of dramatic paintings, which have never been seen in public before.

Occupying Room 1, Hambling’s eight works are vast, intense and energetic, measuring over six by seven feet, with another ninth, smaller canvas that was produced in response to the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011.

Through turbulence and exuberant colour, Hambling continues to affirm painting's immediacy, saying “The crucial thing that only painting can do is to make you feel as if you’re there while it’s being created – as if it’s happening in front of you.”

Website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/maggi-hambling-walls-of-water

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.

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