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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.
Vincent Van Gogh's painting of sunflowers

The Sunflowers

  • 25 January — 27 April 2014 *on now

The Sunflowers offers visitors the unique opportunity to witness the reunion of two of Vincent van Gogh's iconic 'Sunflower' paintings – shown together in London for the first time in 65 years.

Visitors will be given the chance to compare and contrast these much-loved masterpieces side by side, while also exploring new research about the artist’s working practices.

The paintings, one owned by the National Gallery, the other by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) are two of the five versions of 'Sunflowers' that are now spread around the world (the others currently residing in Tokyo, Munich and Philadelphia).

Suitable for

  • Any age


Oil painting of the Crucifixion

Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance

  • 19 February — 11 May 2014 *on now

This exhibition takes a fresh look at German Renaissance paintings in the National Gallery Collection, providing insights into the way these works were perceived in their time and in the recent past, and how they are seen today.

It will focus on some of the best-known artists of the period, including Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. All famous artists in their own time, the exhibition will highlight the ways in which their paintings, drawings and prints were valued in the 16th century for qualities such as expression and inventiveness.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Gift Aid adult: £15.50
Full price: £14.00
Gift Aid National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £8.00
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £7.00
Gift Aid Senior (60+): £14.50
Senior (60+)/Concessions: £13.00
Students/Job seekers/12-18s: £7.00
Family Ticket: Two adults and up to four children aged 12-18: £28.00
Tuesday afternoon special offer 2.30 - 6pm (Seniors only) £7.00
Under 12s: Free with a paying adult. Ticket required.


Oil painting showing a well dressed family kneeling in front of a man and his soldiers

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

  • 19 March — 15 June 2014 *on now

The National Gallery invites visitors to experience the key works of Paolo Veronese; one of the most significant, influential and beautiful painters of the Venetian Renaissance, in the first monographic show on the artist to be held in the United Kingdom.

The National Gallery owns ten paintings by Veronese and these will be displayed next to other major works by the artist which have been loaned by European and American museums to form a display of about 50 works. These will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy his magnificent visions such as ‘The Family of Darius before Alexander’ and the ‘Allegories of Love’; a series of four paintings which each concentrate on a specific aspect – ‘Unfaithfulness’, ‘Scorn’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Happy Union’.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Gift Aid adult: £15.50
Full price: £14.00
Gift Aid National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £8.00
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £7.00
Gift Aid Senior (60+): £14.50
Senior (60+)/Concessions: £13.00
Students/Job seekers/12-18s: £7.00
Family Ticket: Two adults and up to four children aged 12-18: £28.00
Tuesday afternoon special offer 2.30 - 6pm (Seniors only) £7.00
Under 12s: Free with a paying adult. Ticket required.


Predominately red painting showing a girl having her hair brushed by an older woman


  • 18 June — 7 September 2014

‘Colour’ is the first exhibition of its kind in Britain. Each room will be dedicated to a particular colour from the spectrum, as well as a room devoted to gold and silver. ‘Colour’ will draw on the expertise of the National Gallery’s scientific department and the spectacular range of paintings in the Collection. The exhibition will help visitors to understand the history of the use of colour over a 700 year period – from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement.

Visitors will explore the origins and developments of the physical materials themselves, from natural and mineral products to manufactured pigments. The exhibition also examines the material problems faced by artists in achieving their painterly aims; the breakthroughs they struggled for and the technical challenges they faced.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Self-portrait of Rembrandt

Rembrandt: The Final Years

  • 15 October 2014 — 18 January 2015

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


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.
Painting showing an angel visiting Mary to tell her she is pregnant

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

  • 30 April — 21 September 2014

Architecture forms the basis of many Italian Renaissance paintings and now, as the result of a research partnership between the National Gallery and the University of York, visitors are invited to explore its differing representations in the exhibition ‘Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting’.

Depictions of buildings in Italian Renaissance works by artists such as Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli offer a fascinating insight into the architecture of the time. While some reflect real architectural forms, others are deliberately fantastical; defying structural possibility but offering a convincing setting for biblical and mythological tales.

In the first exhibition of its kind in Britain, ‘Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting’ will consider the ways in which architecture was represented and used in pictures from the 14th, 15th and 16th century - how it was employed to frame figures and construct illusions of space, and how it shaped how contemporaries understood these paintings.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Concert for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

  • 16 May 2014 6-7pm

Performed by the Choir of St Pancras Parish Church and conducted by Christopher Batchelor, this concert will feature one of the most famous Renaissance masses, Palestrina's 'Missa Papae Marcelli', alongside motets by contemporary British composers.

The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music is based at St Pancras Parish Church and exists to promote the composition and performance of contemporary liturgical music for choir and organ.

Gregory Rose, conductor, composer, and patron of the Festival, says:

"The LFCCM is a precious and unique opportunity for the annual showcasing of new sacred works at the highest possible level. It thoroughly deserves its important place in the spectrum of contemporary music in London."


Palestrina Kyrie from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Gregory Rose Dum Transiset Sabbatum (2012) world premiere
Palestrina Gloria from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Ronald Corp Laudate Dominum (2011)
Palestrina Credo from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Tark O'Regan Surrexit Christus (2004)
Palestrina Sanctus from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Richard Pantcheff Rise Heart (LFCCM 2014 commission) world premiere
Palestrina Benedictus from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Cecilia McDowall, 'I know that my redeemer liveth' (2009)
Palestrina Agnus Dei from the 'Missa Papae Marcelli', Alexander L'Estrange, 'My song is love unknown' (2007)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Guided Tour at the National Gallery

  • 16 May 2014 7-8pm

Explore the collection with an introductory tour designed specifically for first-time, adult visitors.

Led by Gallery lecturers, tours take a closer look at five to six paintings to help give an overview of the collection.

Public guided tours are for individuals and small groups of up to four people only. If you are visiting as part of a larger group please see our pages on organising a group visit.

Tours of the collection take place every Friday 7–8pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Drawn to the Dark Side

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

What revolting object did Hogarth leave in the graveyard of Hoo church? What was that bad business of Rembrandt taking a younger woman into his bed? Did Caravaggio really castrate Ranuccio Tomassoni, and why did Reynolds vandalise a Titian? Who still shocks our modern world with his close-up of female genitalia?

To celebrate Museums at Night we look at the less salubrious face of art history as well as noting the bizarre and sometimes shocking goings-on in the studios of the Old Masters.

Taking place in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre, this talk will also be BSL-interpreted.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Sainsbury Wing Theatre
James Heard with BSL interpretation


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

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 for further details.

Take One Picture

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

Please telephone 020 7747 2844 or email for dates and availability.