Paintings in depth

Learn more about the National Gallery paintings – the in-depth stories behind the art
  • Discover the technical brilliance and creative mastery of one of the Renaissance's finest artists with our unique online resource.
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    A unique opportunity to compare and contrast two versions of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' - one from The National Gallery, London, one from Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
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    Who are the men in Manet's masterpiece? Learn about the history of its subjects and how the painting ended up in fragments on the National Gallery walls.
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    Uncover the hidden painting behind one of the most celebrated masterpieces at the Gallery, Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'.
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    Yellow symbolised happiness for Van Gogh. Read about his famous 'Sunflowers' paintings and the story of his life.
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    Learn how to identify saints in National Gallery paintings. Follow their legends and discover more about their special roles
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    Find out about the commission, the story and the painting.
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    Find out about Turner's celebrated depiction of the last voyage of an old war hero - The Fighting Temeraire.
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    Discover how the National Gallery was able to identify 'The Madonna of the Pinks' as a work by Raphael.
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    Discover how the adventures of young aristocrats had a lasting impact on the National Gallery Collection.
 
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