The National Gallery is a world-renowned iconic art museum founded in 1824 in London and is amongst the most visited art museums in the world. With a presence of nearly 200 years, this eminent museum has accumulated a vast permanent collection of 2,300 magnificent paintings dating from the 13th century to early 20th, showcasing the works of celebrated artists from late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists.
Immerse yourself in the enthralling world of art as you view the brilliant and spectacular masterpieces from legendary artists from all over the world:
13th to 15th century Paintings
13th to 15th century paintings are late medieval pictures of religious significance made for altars in churches or for private devotion. Many have exquisitely decorated gold-leaf backgrounds. In the 15th century, portraits and scenes from ancient history and mythology increased in importance.
Some of the works on display are by artists: Duccio, Uccello, van Eyck, Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli, Dürer, Memling and Bellini.
The leading artists of this period were portraitists who were highly prized and pictures of ancient history and mythology became almost as important as Christian subjects. Paintings were appreciated for their artistry as much as for their subject matter, and often placed in specially created galleries.
Some of the works on display are by artists: Leonardo, Cranach, Michelangelo, Raphael, Holbein, Bruegel, Bronzino, Titian and Veronese.
While some artists of this period looked to the art of the past for inspiration, they always imparted their own style, from the flamboyant to the austere. In the Netherlands, specialist painters of still life’s, landscapes and scenes of everyday life – from elegant social gatherings to lively scenes in taverns enjoyed great popularity.
Some of the works showcased are by artists: Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Van Dyck, Velazquez, Claude, Rembrandt, Cuyp and Vermeer.
18th – early 20th Century
Although the production of grand paintings for churches and palaces continued, it became more common for artists to paint smaller works that were exhibited and sold through art dealers and public exhibitions. In the 19th century, art movements emerged, as did the idea of the independent artist who rebelled against the official art establishment.
The works include pieces by artists: Canaletto, Goya, Turner, Constable, Ingres, Degas, Cézanne, Monet and Van Gogh.
The National Gallery houses one of the finest collections of paintings in the world. This selection of 30 highlights includes some of the Gallery's best-loved works:
The museum also has a series of ongoing exhibitions and upcoming shows for visitors to view. Some are free while others are paid admission. The entire National Gallery collection is also available to view online.
Explore the impressive collection through a numerous options of free self guided audio tours available in 10 languages or a free guided personal tour at 11:00 am Monday - Friday with certified art historians that lead visitors through the collection in an hour-long engaging and informative tour.
Interesting Facts about The National Gallery
How to get to The National Gallery
By Tube and Train
The nearest stations are Charing Cross (National Rail, Northern, and Bakerloo lines) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, District, and Circle lines) are also nearby.
Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 87, 91, 139, and 176 stop at Trafalgar Square.
The nearest pier is Embankment.