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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.
Open daily 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-21.00
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.
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)'
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.
- Family friendly
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.
- Any age
Adult Ticket: £18.00
Concession Ticket: £9.00
Senior Ticket: £16.00
- 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.
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.”
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.