Sir Michael Levey

Rising through the ranks from his first job as a graduate, Sir Michael Levey became Director of the National Gallery in 1973.

Born on 8 June 1927, Levey completed his school days at the Oratory School. He then spent time in the army before continuing his studies at Oxford University.

After graduation, Levey secured the position of Assistant Keeper at the National Gallery in 1951. Rising through the ranks, he became Deputy Keeper in 1966, Keeper in 1968 and finally succeeded Martin Davies as Director in October 1973. Levey continued as Director until the end of 1986.

In addition to his career at the National Gallery, Levey was also a prolific writer on a wide range of subjects, enjoying spells as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge from 1963–1964 and Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford from 1994–1995. He died on 28 December 2008.

Selected acquisitions

Moses
Moses
Ugolino di Nerio
David
David
Ugolino di Nerio
Spandrel Angels
Spandrel Angels
Ugolino di Nerio
The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels
The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
The Concert
The Concert
Hendrick ter Brugghen
Boy bitten by a Lizard
Boy bitten by a Lizard
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Peter Paul Rubens
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
The Balbi Children
The Balbi Children
Anthony van Dyck
The Gare St-Lazare
The Gare St-Lazare
Claude Monet
Portrait of Don Justino de Neve
Portrait of Don Justino de Neve
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The Skiff (La Yole)
The Skiff (La Yole)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
 
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