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.
Open daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00
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.
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)'
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
- Family friendly
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.
- Family friendly
Admission charge applies. Free for members.
Murillo: The Self Portraits
- 28 February — 21 May 2018 *on now
Marking the 400th anniversary of his birth, the exhibition reunites the two known ‘Self Portraits’ by the artist: one of Murillo in his thirties from the Frick Collection, New York (about 1650–5) and the other from the National Gallery Collection showing him about twenty years older.
Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE
- 15 March — 28 May 2018 *on now
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.
Stores of Art: 1600-1700
- 21 February — 28 March 2018 *on now
Including art by Rembrandt and Caravaggio.
Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves
- 5 March — 8 April 2018 *on now
Twenty-four archival photographs documenting the removal of our paintings to Manod in Snowdonia, together with five photographs of the quarry as it appears today by Robin Friend, will be on display.
The event of the season
- 23 March 2018 6:30-8pm
Experts include National Gallery curator Christopher Riopelle, Keeper of Paintings at the Fitzwilliam Museum Jane Munro and Professor Emeritus at Reading University Anna Gruetzner Robins.
A mindful look: Rosa Bonheur's The Horse Fair
- 5 April 2018 11am-12:30pm
Discuss the painting in group and relax using mindfulness techniques.
Picture of the Month Club: Jozef Israels's Fishermen carrying a Drowned Man
- 10 April 2018 12:45-1:45pm
No art knowledge needed, open to all.
Mindfulness and drawing
- 14 April 2018 2-4pm
This event is part of national Slow Art day.
Still life revisited
- 16 — 23 April 2018
Taking place over two weeks.
The prince of instruments: the lute in art
- 19 April 2018 11am-4pm
Listen to Renaissance and Baroque music and look at National Gallery paintings depicting lutes.
Michael Rosen in conversation - Zola: Champion of the Impressionists
- 20 April 2018 6:30-7:30pm
How is Zola champion Monet and the Impressionists?
Twilight walk: Monet and the Thames
- 27 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Starting at Embankment, see some of Monet's key vantage points.
A mindful look: Bellotto's Fortress of Konigstein from the North
- 3 May 2018 11am-12:30pm
Immerse yourself in the dramatic castle scene.
Ali Smith in conversation
- 4 May 2018 6:30-7:30pm
Ali Smith is author of 'The Accidental' and 'How to be both'.
Picture of the Month Club: Van Gogh's Sunflowers
- 8 May 2018 12:45-1:45pm
Everyone is welcome to contribute.
Cities of light: Monet & Architecture
- 19 May 2018 11am-4pm
Experts discuss Monet's use of light, steam, smog in paintings of Paris, Venice and London.
Monet's times of day: digital painting workshop
- 26 May 2018 11am-4pm
Follow in Monet's footsteps and be inspired by light and smog of the city.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
BOOKING NOW FOR WHOLE PRIMARY STAFF CPD DAYS
Please telephone 020 7747 2844 or email email@example.com for dates and availability.
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