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08/01/2024

Frans Hals: ✨The musical ✨

Baritone and author Peter Brathwaite takes a closer look at Frans Hals's magnificent group portraits with artist Volker Hermes.

The look of love 💕Currently on display in Room 29, Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' is one of the most famous paintings in...
07/01/2024

The look of love 💕

Currently on display in Room 29, Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' is one of the most famous paintings in our collection. The painting illustrates a story told by the classical authors Ovid and Catullus. The Cretan princess Ariadne has been abandoned on the Greek island of Naxos by Theseus, whose ship sails away in the distance. Bacchus, god of wine, is returning from a triumphal hunt, accompanied by his rowdy throng of followers, music-making nymphs, satyrs, and the drunken Silenus riding behind, slumped on an ass.

Titian has captured the moment when Bacchus falls in love at first sight with Ariadne. The god leaps from his cheetah-drawn chariot, suspended in mid-air in a position rarely attempted by previous artists: https://bit.ly/33O4pw1

06/01/2024

Why is this boy graffitiing the wall of a church? 😲

Join Ed as we explore a curious detail featured in Pieter Saenredam's 'The Interior of the Buurkerk at Utrecht'.

05/01/2024

Delve into the strange and magical world of pastels ✨

We visit the oldest pastel manufacturers in the world, La Maison du Pastel in Paris, and talk to our curator, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper about Liotard's 'The Lavergne Family Breakfast'.

The National Gallery goes on tour 🎉This year we'll be celebrating our 200th anniversary and to mark the occasion we're l...
04/01/2024

The National Gallery goes on tour 🎉

This year we'll be celebrating our 200th anniversary and to mark the occasion we're lending 12 of our most iconic paintings to 12 venues across the UK:

Top attractions from cycling, canoeing and surfing to fashion, culture and art – plus an aerial adventure on top of the Principality Stadium

Can you guess the  ? 🤔The painter of this magnificent monochrome detail died   in 1845. Fascinated by optics, the artist...
04/01/2024

Can you guess the ? 🤔

The painter of this magnificent monochrome detail died in 1845. Fascinated by optics, the artist painted this scene in tones of black, grey, and white, and is intended to imitate the look of a print.

03/01/2024

Pause with a painting 🍃

Start the new year with a slow look at Hobbema's 'Avenue at Middelharnis', guided by mindfulness practitioner Lucia van der Drift.

02/01/2024

Are these paintings Medici propaganda?

Take a closer look at the newly-restored 'Story of David' panels and follow the clues that suggest that they were owned by the powerful Medici family.

This week is your last chance to experience the Gallery in a whole new way 👀Our 2023 Artist in Residence Céline Condorel...
02/01/2024

This week is your last chance to experience the Gallery in a whole new way 👀

Our 2023 Artist in Residence Céline Condorelli has transformed Room 31 into a multi-sensory installation titled: 'Pentimenti (The Corrections)'. Have a seat, or even a lie down, as you observe her richly coloured printed drapes and listen to the voices and music of Trafalgar Square through the Gallery floor.

Open until 7 January, book your free ticket: https://bit.ly/3sO5m8F

Supported by Hiscox UK, Contemporary Art Partner of the National Gallery.

✨ Happy New Year ✨While the Gallery is closed today, we're looking forward to our once-in-a-century exhibition, ‘Van Gog...
01/01/2024

✨ Happy New Year ✨

While the Gallery is closed today, we're looking forward to our once-in-a-century exhibition, ‘Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers’. To celebrate our 200th birthday we’re bringing together your most loved Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings from across the globe, some of which have rarely been seen in public.

Walk with a pair of lovers beneath a starry night. Look up at swirling clouds and cypress trees swaying in the wind. Stay a little while in Van Gogh’s favourite park, the ‘Poet’s Garden’, or under a shady tree in Saint-Rémy.

Opening in September 2024. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3sQUUxc

Getting dressed up for New Year's Eve ✨ Frans Hals edition ✨Frans Hals is best known for his portraits of the citizens o...
31/12/2023

Getting dressed up for New Year's Eve ✨ Frans Hals edition ✨

Frans Hals is best known for his portraits of the citizens of Haarlem, to which he brought an incisive characterisation and an unparalleled sense of animation. Elevating portraiture to a new level, Hals enthralled 17th-century Dutch audiences, depicting relaxed, lively sitters, with the hint of a smile, or even laughing. His sitters are often depicted wearing sumptuous fabrics, with immaculately embroidered bodices, lavish lace cuffs and enormous ruffs, demonstrating the wealth and prosperity of his homeland.

Discover the life and work of one of the greatest portrait painters in western art this New Year.

Book your tickets. Members go free, discounted tickets available from 5:30pm on Fridays. Until 21 January: https://bit.ly/3Tg8oKU

30/12/2023

Why is there a skull hidden in this portrait? 💀

We’re looking back on one of the highlights of 2023, when Curator Bart Cornelis discovered an unexpected detail behind this 17th-century portrait by Frans Hals.

One of the most-loved treasures in our collection ✨'The Wilton Diptych' is one of only a handful of English panel painti...
28/12/2023

One of the most-loved treasures in our collection ✨

'The Wilton Diptych' is one of only a handful of English panel paintings to have survived from the Middle Ages. Made for Richard II, King of England from 1377 to 1399, in the last five years of his life, it combines religious and secular imagery to embody his personal conception of kingship.

Treat yourself this new year to a National Gallery Membership and experience our collection like never before with our exclusive 'National Treasures' film series. Join Charlotte as we explore the historical significance of 'The Wilton Diptych'.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3RNaeVw

27/12/2023

How do actors create their on-stage characters?

Actor Hayley Atwell chats to Jessie Burton about the 'Renaissance elbow', creating triangles and echo gestures.

Today we're brushing off the mince pie crumbs and taking a stroll through some of the most scenic paintings in our colle...
26/12/2023

Today we're brushing off the mince pie crumbs and taking a stroll through some of the most scenic paintings in our collection. 🍂

Which route will you be taking?

1) 'The Cornfield' John Constable by 1826.
2) 'The Avenue at Middelharnis' by Meindert Hobbema, 1689.
3) 'The Avenue, Sydenham' by Camille Pissarro, 1871.
4) 'A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning' by Peter Paul Rubens, 1636.

25/12/2023

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the National Gallery 🌟

Join Carlo as we take a closer look at 'The Adoration of the Shepherds'.

Local townspeople wearing their winter finery have taken to the ice, playing, laughing, and falling over, while a luscio...
23/12/2023

Local townspeople wearing their winter finery have taken to the ice, playing, laughing, and falling over, while a luscious pink castle overlooks the scene ❄️🎄

The painter of this delightful detail was celebrated for his depictions of ‘life on the ice’. He spent his career producing these charming winter pictures and rarely left his little town of Kampen.

Can you guess the ?

‘The most luxurious game of spot-the-difference ever’ - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Jean-Etienne Liotard was born   in 1702. Long regarded as hi...
22/12/2023

‘The most luxurious game of spot-the-difference ever’ - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jean-Etienne Liotard was born in 1702. Long regarded as his masterpiece, ‘The Lavergne Family Breakfast’ is one of Liotard’s largest and most ambitious works in pastel. Highly unusually, the artist returned to piece 20 years after he created it and made an exact replica in oil.

Join us as we reunite, for the first time in 250 years, Liotard’s pastel and oil versions of this charming double portrait, a rare opportunity to compare the difference in technique and effect between the two.

Book your free ticket for 'Discover Liotard and the Lavergne Family Breakfast', open until 3 March 2024: https://bit.ly/3gR1VIO

21/12/2023

'It's about creating alternative futures for these characters.'

Baritone and author Peter Brathwaite discuss how he captures characters with artist Volker Hermes.

20/12/2023

'Directly from the mouths of dragons' - Céline Condorelli.

Our 2023 Artist in Residence draws our attention to the space and materials of the Gallery, how we behave in it, and how it is connected to the outside world through her installation 'Pentimenti: The Corrections'.

19/12/2023

Why is this white man shown with a Black leg in this 15th-century painting?

We invited Alayo Akinkugbe to take a closer look at ‘The Miracle of the Black Leg' by Francesco Pesellino.

The painter of light ✨In contrast to many of Turner’s paintings, often full of activity, grand architectural settings, d...
19/12/2023

The painter of light ✨

In contrast to many of Turner’s paintings, often full of activity, grand architectural settings, dramatic weather, and dazzling effects of colour and light, ‘The Evening Star’ looks almost empty. The only figure is a barely visible young boy with a sh*****ng net over his shoulder, who wades in from the shoreline to be greeted by a small leaping dog. The ghostly trace of a boat to the right of centre, which has been painted over, suggests that Turner decided to emphasise the vastness of the sky and sea rather than human industry. It has been reduced to its most fundamental elements: day and night, land and sea, earth, and sky. Zoom into the details on our website: https://bit.ly/3jA3ecV

A British icon 🎨John Constable's 'The Hay Wain' is the third of the large landscapes set around the River Stour that the...
17/12/2023

A British icon 🎨

John Constable's 'The Hay Wain' is the third of the large landscapes set around the River Stour that the artist exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1819 and 1825. Constable's determination to capture the rural Suffolk landscape of his boyhood must in part have been due to a sense that this way of life was changing due to rapid industrialisation. The factories, steam power and locomotives that appear in works by his contemporaries, such as Turner, are absent from Constable’s paintings.

Join as a Member and watch our exclusive 'National Treasures' film series. Join curator Mary McMahon as she reveals how radical Constable's 'The Hay Wain' was at the time it was painted.

Join today: https://bit.ly/3TnVxtk

'A lost star shines again' ⭐⭐⭐⭐Find out more about our latest free exhibition 'Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed'...
17/12/2023

'A lost star shines again' ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Find out more about our latest free exhibition 'Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed'.

National Gallery, LondonFrancesco Pesellino died young and this show only fills a single room. But it’s a room bursting with life, where bold, radical colours bloom in narrative scenes crammed with activity

Precious survivors of the Renaissance ✨Currently on display in Room 46 are the newly restored ‘Stories of David’ cassone...
16/12/2023

Precious survivors of the Renaissance ✨

Currently on display in Room 46 are the newly restored ‘Stories of David’ cassone panels by Renaissance great Francesco Pesellino. These long and fantastically detailed paintings depict the story of David, who started life as a shepherd boy but rose to fame and fortune through killing the giant Goliath.

The panel ‘The Story of David and Goliath’ shows David, in pink, swinging his sling, taking aim at the armoured Goliath, whose forehead is already bleeding. In the foreground David beheads the fallen giant. The painting, together with its pair ‘The Triumph of David’, were likely made to commemorate a marriage, possibly of a member of the Medici, the powerful ruling family of 15th century Florence.

'Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed' is on display in Room 46 until 10 March.

Book your free ticket: https://bit.ly/3tJ1S4F

15/12/2023

“Would you write her story?”

Actor Hayley Atwell speaks to writer Jessie Burton about her favourite portrait by Frans Hals.

13/12/2023

A poet, an abolitionist and an aristocrat

Poet Madeleine Le Cesne performs 'Linked Lives', inspired by the astonishing story of her family’s history at two neighbouring London galleries.

12/12/2023

'It felt like having the museum as a playground, in a way' - Céline Condorelli

Our 2023 Artist in Residence talks us through her installation, 'Pentimenti (The Corrections)'.

11/12/2023

What makes Hendrick Avercamp's paintings so popular this time of year? ❄️

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