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.
mantegna, bellini

Mantegna and Bellini

  • 1 May 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

Comprising major loans of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two pre-eminent artists who also happened to be related by marriage.

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/mantegna-and-bellini

lorenzo lotto

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

  • 5 November 2018 — 10 February 2019

Celebrated as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto uniquely portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters, among them clerics, merchants, and humanists.

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/lorenzo-lotto-portraits

rachel maclean

Rachel Maclean: In Dialogue with the National Gallery

  • 29 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen’, this display of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean’s 2012 film ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ shines an irreverent light on Scottish-English relationships.

One of the most sharply satirical artists in Britain today, Maclean’s (1987–) caustic and darkly comical films look at how we shape collective and individual identities. Her distinctive style combines gaudy masks, grotesque prostheses, and elaborate scenography.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/rachel-maclean-in-dialogue-with-the-national-gallery

sean scully

Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery

  • 13 April — 11 August 2019

In this new work Irish-born, American-based Scully (1945–) takes Turner’s atmospheric landscape as his starting point. A boy on the shore sets off for home as the sky and sea darken. For Scully, this melancholic picture is one of Turner’s most profound works, to which he feels a deep connection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/sea-star-sean-scully-at-the-national-gallery

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.
veronese, paintings, renaissance

City by city: The Italian Renaissance

  • 19 September — 24 October 2018 *on now

Learn about the art of Italy's Renaissance cities in this course of six introductory lectures. Each session includes a one-hour lecture followed by 15 minutes of discussion. An optional non-assessed homework is offered on a weekly basis. This typically involves a close-looking exercise in the Gallery.

Admission

£150/£120 conc./£100 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-19-september-2018-1400

life drawing

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Seurat with SketchSesh

  • 27 October 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£26/£24 conc./£22 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/life-drawing-salon-workshop-27-october-2018-1330

will gompertz

Will Gompertz on the Impressionists

  • 16 November 2018 6:30-7:30pm

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz talks about Samuel Courtauld’s vision of telling the story of art in one perfectly formed collection.

Admission

£16/£15 conc./£14 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/lecture-16-november-2018-1830

life drawing

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Cézanne with SketchSesh

  • 24 November 2018 1:30-4:30pm

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£26/£24 conc./£22 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/life-drawing-salon-workshop-24-november-2018-1330

pictures

A long look: Pictures within a picture

  • 3 December 2018 2-4pm

In this session, we muse on art that is about art and reflect on the purpose of collecting.

Why did pictures of galleries flourish in 17th-century Flanders, and did they relate to actual collections?

Admission

£34
£32 conc.
£30 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/a-long-look-course-3-december-2018

tintoretto

Tintoretto: Fashioning artistic identity

  • 5 December 2018 11am-3:30pm

Learn about his highly innovative work for both the rich and poor of Venice at a day of talks and discussion in the lecture theatre.

Admission

£48.50
£45 conc
£40 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/tintoretto-course-5-december-2018

rachel maclean

Rachel Maclean in conversation

  • 7 December 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Hear Scottish artist Rachel Maclean talk about her satirical engagement with issues of national identity and the construction of female beauty, and reflect on the dialogue between her own caustic and darkly comical films and the paintings of the 19th-century English artist, Landseer.

Admission

£10
£9 conc.
£8 Members & Patrons
£5 students

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/rachel-maclean-in-conversation-7-december-2018

winter

A long look: Through the looking glass

  • 7 January 2019 2-4pm

In this session we contemplate Avercamp's Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle, and consider his closeness to and distance from his subjects on the ice, as well as his view of humanity.

Admission

£34
£32 conc.
£30 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/a-long-look-course-7-january-2019

cezanne

The artist

  • 9 January 2019 11am-1pm
  • 16 January 2019 11am-1pm
  • 23 January 2019 11am-1pm
  • 30 January 2019 11am-1pm
  • 6 February 2019 11am-1pm
  • 13 February 2019 11am-1pm
  • 20 February 2019 11am-1pm
  • 27 February 2019 11am-1pm
  • 6 March 2019 11am-1pm
  • 13 March 2019 11am-1pm

Each week is taught by a different expert, and you learn from talks in the lecture theatre and Q&A discussion.

Admission

£295
£275 conc.
£255 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/the-artist-course-january-2019

horse

Stubbs's anatomy: Drawing the horse

  • 19 January 2019 3:30-5:30pm

Learn about George Stubbs’s revolutionary methods of capturing the anatomy of animals from art historian Nicholas Watkins, before trying your hand at drawing a horse with the help of wildlife artist Jenny Webber.

Admission

£42.50
£40 conc.
£37.50 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/workshop-19-january-2019-1530

printmaking

Printmaking workshop: Monarch of the Glen

  • 19 January 2019 11am-4pm

Work with artist Thomas Gosebruch to experiment with drypoint and monotype printing, with or without an etching press.

Admission

£99
£95 conc.
£90 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/workshop-19-january-2019-1100

horse

Experts discuss: Picturing beasts

  • 19 January 2019 11am-1pm

Explore sublime images of the awe-inspiring and destructive power of animals in the wild and reflect on what these paintings mean to us today.

Admission

£30
£27.50 conc.
£25 Members & Patrons
£10 Students

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/lecture-19-january-2019-1100

pen

Who I really am: Haiku workshop

  • 19 January 2019 3:30-5:30pm

Hear about Landseer's Monarch of the Glen from a Gallery expert, and learn how to write a haiku that conveys the characteristics of the stag. Then try your hand at writing a second haiku that captures the essence of you.

Admission

£35
£32 conc.
£28 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-19-january-2019-1530

landseer

Landseer: Walk and stalk

  • 19 January 2019 1:45-2:45pm

We’ll keep you toasty with a hot drink.

Admission

£25
£22.50 conc.
£20 Members & Patronss

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-19-january-2019-1345

tiger

Surprised! Poetry workshop

  • 20 January 2019 1:45-5:30pm

Join poet Tamar Yoseloff who will guide you in creating your own poem inspired by Rousseau's Surprised!

Admission

£42.50
£40 conc.
£37.50 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/workshop-20-january-2019-1345

drawing

Drawing with wolves

  • 20 January 2019 11:30am-1:30pm

The class will be introduced to the animals with a short talk from canine behavioural scientist Natalie Lagstrom, and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and how they’ve evolved to adapt to a variety of habitats across the globe.

Admission

£55
£52.50 conc.
£50 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/workshop-20-january-2019-1130

dog

Curators discuss: Beastly displays

  • 20 January 2019 11:15am-1pm

Join us to consider what exhibitions can tell us about man’s relationship to beast.

Admission

£30
£27 conc.
£25 Members & Patrons
£10 Students

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/lecture-20-january-2019-1115

tiger, rousseau

Survival of the fittest: Rousseau's Surprised!

  • 20 January 2019 1:45-2:15pm

Part of the Survival! A festival of animals in art.

Admission

£4.50
£4 conc.
£3 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/course-20-january-2019-1345

drawing

Body and beauty: Mindful drawing

  • 26 January 2019 11am-4pm
  • 2 February 2019 11am-4pm
  • 9 February 2019 11am-4pm
  • 16 February 2019 11am-4pm
  • 23 February 2019 11am-4pm

Over five sessions, mindfulness expert and artist Clare Barton-Harvey will help hone your drawing skills, offer playful ways to stimulate your creativity, and guide you in basic mindfulness practice.

Admission

£425
£400 conc.
£375 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/mindful-drawing-workshop-january-2019

horse, painting

A long look: A taste of paradise?

  • 4 February 2019 2-4pm

In this session we look closely at Brueghel's The Garden of Eden, contemplate Arcadia and the Fall of Man, and question how harmonious this particular representation of Paradise really is.

Admission

£34
£32 conc.
£30 Members & Patrons

Website

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/a-long-look-course-4-february-2019

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

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.

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.

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
Greater London
WC2N 5DN
England

Website

National Gallery website

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

National Gallery online shop

http://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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