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Press releases

Detail from Johan Christian Dahl , 'The Lower Falls of the Labrofoss', 1827
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Press release for 'Two landscapes generously gifted to the National Gallery' (issued May 2016)
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, ‘Italian Woman, or Woman with Yellow Sleeve (L'Italienne)' (detail), about 1870 © The National Gallery, London
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Press release for 'Painters' Paintings' (issued May 2016)
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up (detail), 1838, Oil on canvas, 90.7 x 121.6 cm, Turner Bequest, 1856.
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Press release for 'National Gallery's iconic work featured on new Bank of England £20 note' (issued April 2016)
Detail from Thomas Gainsborough, Mr and Mrs Andrews, about 1750
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Press release for 'Take One Picture' (issued April 2016)
Detail from Luca Signorelli, ‘Man on a Ladder’, 1504-5
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Press release for 'Acquired for the nation' (issued April 2016)
Detail from George Shaw, The Living and The Dead, 2015-2016 © Courtesy : The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London
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Press release for 'George Shaw: My Back to Nature' (issued March 2016)
Detail from Ambrosius the Elder Bosschaert, A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase on a Ledge with further Flowers, Shells and a Butterfly, 1609-10
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Press release for 'Dutch Flowers' (issued March 2016)
HRH The Prince of Wales with National Gallery Chair of Trustees, Hannah Rothschild, and Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi
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Press release for 'HRH The Prince of Wales becomes National Gallery’s first Royal Patron' (Issued February 2016)
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Press release for 'Mark Getty Awarded Honorary Knighthood' (Issued January 2016)
Detail from Laurits Andersen, Ring Road in the Village of Baldersbronde (Winter Day), 1912
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Press release for 'First work by pioneering Danish artist enters UK public collection' (issued December 2015)
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Press release for 'National Gallery and Art Fund Curatorial Trainees Programme Continues to Foster New Talent' (Issued December 2015)
Detail from Eugène Delacroix, Self Portrait, 1837 © Musée du Louvre
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Press release for 'Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art' (issued December 2015)
Detail from Rembrandt, Self Portrait at the Age of 63, 1669
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Press release for 'Venues announced for Masterpiece Tour 2016' (issued October 2015)
Detail from Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Italian Woman, about 1870 © The National Gallery
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Press release for 'National Gallery 2016 Exhibitions' (issued September 2015)
Detail from Francisco de Goya, Charles IV in Hunting Dress, 1799. Colecciones Reales, Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real de Madrid © Patrimonio Nacional
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Press release for 'The National Gallery announces exceptional loans to Goya exhibition' (issued September 2015)
Detail from Arthur Streeton, Blue Pacific, 1890 © Private collection
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Press release for 'National Gallery displays Australian art for the first time' (issued September 2015)
Detail from Francisco de Goya, Doña Isabel de Porcel, before 1805
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Press release for 'Francisco de Goya's 'Portrait of Dona Isabel de Porcel': A Question of Attribution' (issued September 2015)
Detail from Francisco de Goya, The Duchess of Alba, 1797. On Loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York A102 © Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York
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Press release for 'Goya: The Portraits' (issued August 2015)
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Press release for 'National Gallery announces partnership with Securitas' (issued July 2015)
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Press release for 'Saved for the nation' (issued July 2015)
Detail from Botticini The Assumption of the Virgin, probably about 1475-6
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Press release for 'Visions of Paradise: Botticini's Palmieri Altarpiece' (issued July 2015)
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Press release for 'Art in Dialogue: Duccio | Caro' (issued June 2015)
Detail from Bartolomé Bermejo, Saint Michael triumphant over the Devil with the Donor Antonio Juan, 1468
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Press release for 'Take One Picture' (issued May 2015)
Soundscapes exhibition
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Press release for 'Soundscapes' (issued April 2015)
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Press release for 'Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames' (issued March 2015)
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Press release for 'New displays and loans to enjoy for free at the National Gallery this Easter' (issued March 2015)
Detail from Italian Venetian Christ carrying the Cross
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Press release for 'National Gallery gifted rare early Renaissance painting' (issued March 2015)
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Press release for 'Gabriele Finaldi appointed Director of the National Gallery' (issued March 2015)
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Press release for 'After 3 months and 244 donations, Frame Appeal hits its target' (issued February 2015)
Detail from Rembrandt, 'Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca, known as ‘The Jewish Bride’', about 1665 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Press release for 'More than a quarter of a million people visit 'Rembrandt: The Late Works'' (issued February 2015)
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Press release for 'National Gallery wins Wohl Arts Competition award' (issued January 2015)
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Press release for 'National Gallery and Art Fund curatorial traineeships programme continues to foster new talent' (issued January 2015)
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Press release for 'Inventing Impressionism' (issued December 2014)
Detail from Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Four Times of Day: Morning, about 1858. Bought with the assistance of the Art Fund, 2014 © National Gallery, London
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Press release for 'A Christmas present for the nation' (issued December 2014)
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Press release for 'Hannah Rothschild appointed Chair of the National Gallery's Board of Trustees' (issued December 2014)
Detail from Rembrandt, 'Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca, known as ‘The Jewish Bride’', about 1665 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Press release for '6000 new tickets for 'Rembrandt: The Late Works' go on sale today' (issued December 2014)
David Wilkie, 'A Young Woman Kneeling at a Prayer Desk', 1813
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Press release for 'Art teacher's gift helps National Gallery acquire rediscovered Wilkie painting' (issued November 2014)
Detail from Canaletto: 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal'
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Press release for 'The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour' (issued November 2014)
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Press release for 'Just 10 days before it opens - exceptional new loan to 'Rembrandt: The Late Works' announced ' (issued October 2014)
Membership pack
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Press release for 'National Gallery Launches Membership' (issued September 2014)
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Press release for 'National Gallery 2015 Exhibitions' (issued September 2014)
Detail from Maggi Hambling, 'Wall of Water, Amy Winehouse', 2011 © Maggi Hambling / Photograph by Douglas Atfield
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Press release for 'Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water' (issued August 2014)
Woman at Museums at Night Event
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Press release for 'The National Gallery introduces free Wi-Fi' (issued August 2014)
Detail from Rembrandt, 'Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca, known as ‘The Jewish Bride’', about 1665 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Press release for 'Rembrandt: The Late Works' (issued July 2014)
Dr Nicholas Penny in front of Diana and Actaeon
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Press release for 'Dr Nicholas Penny has today (23 June 2014) announced his intention to retire from his role as Director of the National Gallery in 2015' (issued June 2014)
George Shaw
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Press release for 'George Shaw Named New National Gallery Associate Artist' (issued June 2014)
Room A
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Press release for 'Room A Reopens to the Public' (issued June 2014)
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Press release for 'Take One Picture: Discover, Imagine, Explore: Children inspired by Georges Seurat' (issued May 2014)
Photograph © Marcel Christ – visualartists.com
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Press release for 'Making Colour' (issued May 2014)
Domenico Veneziano, ‘Saint Zenobius Bishop of Florence restores to life a widow's son in Borgo degli Albizzi, Florence', about 1442-1448 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
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Press release for 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Renaissance Painting' (issued April 2014)
Peder Balke
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Press release for 'Peder Balke' (issued March 2014)
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Press release for 'The National Gallery expands Research Centre through the acquisition of Agnew's archive' (issued March 2014)
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Press release for 'The UK acquires its first ever George Bellows painting' (issued February 2014)
Van Gogh 'Head of a Peasant Woman'
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Press release for 'A Christmas present for the nation' (issued December 2013)
Cranach 'Cupid complaining to Venus'
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Press release for 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance' (issued November 2013)
Veronese Exhbition
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Press release for 'Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice' (issued November 2013)
Van Gogh 'Sunflowers'
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Press release for 'The Sunflowers' (issued October 2013)
Manet 'The Execution of Maximilian'
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Press release announcing venues for the 2014 Masterpiece Tour (issued: September 2013)
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The National Gallery and Art Fund launch two new curatorial traineeships in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery
Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna
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Press release for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' (issued June 2013)
Titian, 'Diana and Callisto'
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Press release for 'The Titian Experience: A National Gallery Festival Tour' (issued May 2013)
Take One Picture 2013: Children inspired by Willem Kalf
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Press release for 'Take One Picture – Discover, Imagine, Explore: Children Inspired by Willem Kalf' (issued April 2013)
Vermeer, 'The Guitar Player'
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Press release for 'Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure' (issued March 2013)
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Press release for 'The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour' (issued March 2013)
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Press release for 'Lucian Freud Leaves Painting to the National Gallery as a Thank You to the Nation' (issued February 2013)
Michael Landy Exhibition
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Press release for 'Michael Landy: Saints Alive' (issued: January 2013)
Detail from Federico Barocci, 'Head Study for St. John the Evangelist'
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Press release for 'Barocci: Brilliance and Grace' (issued: December 2012)
Frederic Church: Through American Eyes
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Press release for 'Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch' (issued November 2012)
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Press release for the Take One programme (issued October 2012)
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Press release for Dame Myra Hess Day 2012 (issued August 2012)
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Press release for New National Gallery Allocations, 'Samian Sibyl with a Putto' by Guercino (1591–1666) and 'La Ferté' by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802–1828) (issued August 2012)
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Press release for the new Picasso loan (issued July 2012)
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Press release for the 2013 exhibition programme (issued June 2012)
Sir Francis Grant, Drawing of Sir Charles Eastlake, Private Collection.
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Press release for 'In Pursuit of Art: Charles Eastlake’s Journey from Plymouth to the National Gallery' (issued May 2012)
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Press release for 'Richard Hamilton: The Late Works' (issued May 2012)
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Press release for 'Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present' (issued May 2012)
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Press release for New National Gallery Acquisition: Sir Thomas Lawrence, 'Portrait of the Hon. Emily Mary Lamb (1787–1869)', 1806 (issued May 2012)
Detail from Paolo Veronese: 'The Family of Darius before Alexander', 1565-7
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Press release for 'Take One Picture' (issued April 2012)
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Press release for 'Metamorphosis: Titian 2012' (issued April 2012)
Detail from Titian, 'Flight into Egypt'
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Press release for 'Titian's First Masterpiece: The Flight into Egypt' (issued March 2012)
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Press release for 'Inside Art' (issued March 2012)
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Press release: 'Diana and Callisto secured for the public' (issued March 2012)
Detail from Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Night', 1835.
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Press release for 'Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude' (issued February 2012)
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Press release for the 2012 exhibition programme (issued September 2011)
Detail from Gogh, 'A Wheatfield, with Cypresses', 1889
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Press release for 'National Gallery painting comes to life' (issued May 2011)
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan
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Press release: both versions of 'Virgin of the Rocks' at the National Gallery (issued July 2011)
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan
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Press release for 'Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' (issued May 2011)
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Press release for Leonardo Live: the opening of Leonardo da Vinci exhibition to be broadcast live to cinemas and Sky Arts viewers (issued May 2011)
Press release for a new LED lighting system which is to be installed at the Gallery (issued April 2011)
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Press release for 'Art for the Nation' (issued April 2011)
Sassetta, 'The Funeral of St Francis'
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Press release for 'Devotion by Design' (issued March 2011)
Take One Picture 2011 – Pupil's Sculpture
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Press release for 'Take One Picture' (issued April 2011)
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Press release for 'Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection' (issued March 2011)
Detail from Holbein, The Ambassadors, 1533
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Press release for the Google Art Project (issued February 2011)
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Press release for Inside Art (issued January 2011)
Hintze Family Charitable
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Press release announcing the gift from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation (issued January 2011)
George Bellows, 'The Big Dory', 1913
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Press release for An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters (issued January 2011)
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Press release for new acquisition at the Gallery (issued November 2010)
Education Centre
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Press release for gift from philanthropist Mark Pigott OBE for the Education Centre (issued November 2010)
Ageing Creatively
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Press release for Ageing Creatively: Alzheimer’s Society Groups take inspiration from the National Gallery’s Old Master paintings (issued November 2010)
Detail from Jan Gossaert, 'Portrait of a Merchant'
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Press release for 'Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance' (issued November 2010)
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Press release for a new loan, Guercino's 'King David' (issued November 2010)
Grant-in-aid
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Press release for the grant-in-aid to the National Gallery for the next four years starting April 2011 (issued October 2010)
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Press release for 'Out of Art into Literacy', an exhibition showcasing primary pupils’ storytelling inspired by the National Gallery collection (issued August 2010)
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Press release for the 2010 Dame Myra Hess Day and the new online archive (issued July 2010)
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Press release for the 2011 exhibition programme (issued July 2010)
Detail from Leonardo 'The Virgin of the Rocks', about 1491-1508
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Press release for the restoration of Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks' (issued July 2010)
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Press release for 'Modern Perspectives' (issued July 2010)
Bridget Riley: New Paintings and Related Work
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Press release for 'Bridget Riley: New Paintings and Related Work' (issued June 2010)
Detail from Canaletto, 'The Stonemason's Yard', 1727-28
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Press release for 'Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals' (issued June 2010)
Domenichino, 'Saint John the Evangelist', late 1620s
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Press release for new loan at the Gallery, Domenichino's 'Saint John the Evangelist (issued May 2010)
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Press release for 'Museums at Night' at the National Gallery: Friday 14 May, 6–9pm (issued May 2010)
Detail from Frederick Cayley Robinson, 'Acts of Mercy: Orphans II', about 1915
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Press release for 'Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy' (issued April 2010)
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries
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Press release for 'Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries' (issued April 2010)
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Press release for the 2010 exhibition Take One Picture (issued March 2010)
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, 1609-10
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Press release for the new National Gallery allocation – Bosschaert: 'A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase' (issued February 2010)
Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light
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Press release for 'Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light' (issued January 2010)
Artwork for Inside Art Workshop
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Press release for the Inside Art exhibition, featuring work by young offenders (issued January 2010)
Artist Viyki Turnbull, Joana Ofori and Cllr Clive Furness enjoy the fruits of their work
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Press release for Ageing Creatively with the National Gallery (issued November 2009)
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Press release for announcement of Michael Landy as latest Gallery Associate Artist (issued November 2009)
Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey
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Press release for 'Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey'. (issued November 2009)
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Press release for 'A Masterpiece Recovered: Delaroche’s Charles I Insulted'. (issued November 2009)
Wilkins Building
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Press release for the 'Sounds of the Gallery' audio tour (Issued October 2009)
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Press release for a special Director's event for those with specific access needs (issued June 2009)
Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Actaeon', 1556-59
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Press release for the display of 'Diana and Actaeon' (issued September 2009)
Dame Myra Hess Concert
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Press release for Dame Myra Hess Day (issued August 2009)
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Press release for children's and teenagers' hospital outreach project (issued August 2009)
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Press release for the 2010 exhibition programme at the National Gallery
Wilkins Building
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Press release for the redesigned and enhanced Gallery website (issued July 2009)
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Press release for Kienholz: 'The Hoerengracht' (issued July 2009)
Titian's 'Triumph of Love'
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Press release for Titian's 'Triumph of Love' exhibition (issued July 2009)
The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600 - 1700
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Press release for Sacred Made Real exhibition (issued June 2009)
Questions and answers on the aquisition of Titian's Diana and Actaeon
The Making of a Spanish Polychrome Sculpture
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Press release for a special display examining the making a polychrome (painted) sculpture. (issued June 2009)
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Press release for the National Gallery's downloadable iPhone application (issued June 2009)
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Press release for launch of creative arts academy at the Feltham Young Offenders Insitution. (issued June 2009)
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Press release for collaborative dance and art projects with the Royal Ballet School (issued May 2009)
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Press release for Corot to Monet: A Fresh Look at Landscape from the Collection (issued May 2009)
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Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale is to take part in a one-off discussion about the connections between music and art. (issued May 2009)
Hands playing the Xylophone
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Young UK musicians have their work performed in front of the National Gallery masterpiece that inspired them to write their own compositions. (issued May 2009)
Painted Ladies and Gents – Live Art and Costume Parades Inspired by the National Gallery Collection
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Press release for Wimbledon College of Art's student costume parade at the National Gallery (issued April 2009)
Detail from Turner, 'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839
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Press release for the 2009 exhibition Take One Picture (issued April 2009)
Diego Velázquez: 'The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus')'
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Press release for Last Chance to see Once-in-a-Lifetime Exhibition (issued January 2007)
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Press release for record-breaking attendance for re-display (issued February 2007)
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Press release for National Gallery statement following the announcement of Charles Saumarez Smith as the new Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts (issued March 2007)
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Press release to announce a million visitors for 'Manet to Picasso' (issued May 2007)
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Press release to announce the exhibition Dutch Portraits: The Age Of Rembrandt And Frans Hals (issued May 2007)
Scratch the Surface
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Press release to announce the exhibition Scratch the Surface (issued May 2007)
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Press release on The National Gallery and HP bring works of art to the streets of London (issued June 2007)
Detail from Francesco di Giorgio: 'Saint Dorothy and the Infant Christ'
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Press release to announce the exhibition Renaissance Siena: Art for a City (issued June 2007)
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Press release announcing academics to benefit from increased access to National Gallery Collection images and research(issued August 2007)
Scratch the Surface
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Press release announcing Art of Light: German Renaissance Stained Glass (issued September 2007)
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Press release anouncing Youth music week 2007 (issued October 2007)
'The Barricade at Porte St. Denis
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Press release for the exhibition Discoveries: New Research into British Collections (issued November 2007)
Detail from Frederic, Lord Leighton, The Villa Malta, Rome
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Press release for the exhibition The Landscape Oil Sketch (issued December 2007)
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Press release to announce the new Director at the National Gallery (December 2007)
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Press release for the launch of a dance project with the Royal Ballet School (issued December 2008)
Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Actaeon', 1556-59
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Press release for the acquisition of 'Diana and Actaeon' (issued February 2009)
Pablo Picasso 'Man with a Straw Hat and an Ice Cream Cone', 1938
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Press release for the exhibition Picasso's Prints: Challenging the Past (issued December 2008)
Bronzino 'An Allegory with Venus and Cupid', 1540-50
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Press release for composition workshop and project at the Gallery (issued November 2008)
Explore galore child painting
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Press release for project on emotional wellbeing, working with London children (issued November 2008)
Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Actaeon', 1556-59
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Press release for Titian's 'Diana and Actaeon' comes to London (issued October 2008)
Edward Kienholz and Nancy Redin 'The Hoerengracht', 1984–8
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Press release for the 2009 exhibition programme (issued September 2008)
Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Actaeon', 1556-59
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Press release for the Bridgewater Loan Titians (issued August 2008)
Alfred Sisley 'Under the Bridge at Hampton Court', 1874
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Press release for the exhibition Sisley in England and Wales (issued August 2008)
Paul Gauguin 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window, probably', 1890
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Press release for the Simon Sainsbury Bequest (issued July 2008)
Details from Jan van Eyck, 'Margaret, the Artist’s Wife', 1439
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Press release for the exhibition Renaissance Faces (issued June 2008)
Mark Getty
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Press release for the appointment of Mark Getty as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (issue June 2008)
Rabindra Singh, 'Raining in My Heart (Longing)', 2003
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Press release for the exhibition Love (issued May 2008)
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Press release about the partnership between the National Gallery and Credit Suisse. (Issued May 2008)
Peter Paul Rubens 'A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning', 1636
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Press release for the 2008 exhibition Take One Picture (issued April 2008)
Lucas Cranach the Elder 'Cupid complaining to Venus', about 1525
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Press release for Lucas Cranach the Elder, 'Cupid complaining to Venus' (issued March 2008)
National Gallery Catalogues
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Press Release for the Launch of 'The National Gallery Catalogue of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume 2: Venice 1540–1600', by the new Director, Dr Nicholas Penny (issued March 2008)
Luigi Russolo (1885-1947), 'Lightning', 1909-10
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Press Release for the exhibition Radical Light: Italy's Divisionist Painters 1891-1910 (issued February 2008)
Alsion Watt's work
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Press release for the exhibition Alison Watt: Phantom (issued January 2008)