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The National Gallery Monthly Podcast

Each monthly episode takes you behind the scenes at the Gallery, and features news of current and forthcoming exhibitions and events, exclusive interviews and special offers.
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Episode One Hundred (February 2015)

In our final episode we visit a grand altarpiece, a glittering cross, and a gritty view of working-class life in 20th-century Manhattan.
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Episode Ninety Nine (January 2015)

Upcoming exhibitions for 2015, stormy seascapes by Peder Balke, and all the quack about the National Gallery's new star: Sijctghen Duck.
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Episode Ninety Eight (December 2014)

Grisly ends, miraculous beginnings, and the first ever UK exhibition devoted to Norwegian artist and adventurer Peder Balke.
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Episode Ninety Seven (November 2014)

Share a tender moment with Rembrandt. Plus, the fine art of Christmas cards and a touching tale about Titian.
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Episode Ninety Six (October 2014)

A sneak preview of the Gallery’s much-anticipated autumn exhibition, ‘Rembrandt: The Late Works’. Plus, fashion tips from Madame de Pompadour.
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Episode Ninety Five (September 2014)

A visit to the Gallery's 'pocket collection' to see 400 years of art in a single space. Plus, Raphael's dreams and Caravaggio's nightmares.
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Episode Ninety Four (August 2014)

As 'Making Colour' continues, we get up close to some of the world's rarest pigments. Plus, a luminous pastel by Rosalba Carriera.
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Episode Ninety Three (July 2014)

A first look at the 'Making Colour' exhibition, how Renaissance buildings can tell a story, and new Associate Artist George Shaw on naughty nymphs.
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Episode Ninety Two (June 2014)

Discover a display of drawings by Frank Auerbach in the Espresso Bar. Plus, anxious art by Pontormo and why Poussin is worth the effort.
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Episode Ninety One (May 2014)

Spring-cleaning at the National Gallery, a sharp-toothed Venetian sea monster and the impossible buildings of Renaissance art.
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Episode Ninety (April 2014)

A chat with Veronese curator Xavier Salomon, an art historian under fire and a last look at The Sunflowers display.
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Episode Eighty Nine (March 2014)

The Veronese exhibition launches. Plus cooking tips for Lent from Velázquez and when is an altarpiece like a jigsaw?
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Episode Eighty Eight (February 2014)

Why German Renaissance art made the Victorians blanch, plus painting in the snow and a reunion for Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.
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Episode Eighty Seven (January 2014)

Cézanne and his papa, plus why Manet's packing his bags and a preview of this spring's exhibitions at the Gallery.
Detail from Carlo Dolci, The Adoration of the Kings, 1649
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Episode Eighty Six (December 2013)

Edmund de Waal gets out the family photo album, Rembrandt falls in love, and the Magi get a makeover.
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Episode Eighty Five (November 2013)

A rare chance to see a lapis lazuli masterpiece, plus career guidance from Bellini and a tragic self-portrait by Gerstl.
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Episode Eighty Four (October 2013)

Unveiling a new exhibition of Viennese portraiture. Plus: tailor Patrick Grant sizes up Moroni and why all the best-dressed saints wear Pisanello.
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Episode Eighty Three (September 2013)

Natalie Haynes on Guercino's sibyls, Jonathan Jones on falling in love in the Renaissance, plus 17th-century socks and sandals.
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Episode Eighty Two (August 2013)

Rembrandt lays it on thick, Titian goes truckin', and Vermeer gets a musical accompaniment, courtesy of the Academy of Ancient Music.
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Episode Eighty One (July 2013)

Lucian Freud's gift to the nation of a priceless Corot. Plus life-drawing and Dutch musicians with rock-god hair.
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Episode Eighty (June 2013)

Vermeer… the musical? Discover the links between music and Dutch art. Plus Gainsborough's technique and masterpieces from the Barber Institute.
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Episode Seventy Nine (May 2013)

Artist Michael Landy reanimates the saints for a new generation, plus a last chance to see Barocci’s masterpieces, and the man who discovered Rembrandt.
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Episode Seventy Eight (April 2013)

A stunning Barocci masterpiece for Easter, plus experience a painting through 13th-century eyes, and sibling rivalry with Raeburn.
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Episode Seventy Six (February 2013)

Stunning new landscape oil sketch exhibition opens, plus the secret of a happy marriage portrait and a peek inside a curiosity cabinet
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Episode Seventy Five (January 2013)

What’s it like to be photographed by Martin Parr? Plus Greek mythology and flamboyant fashion tips for the well-dressed mercenary.
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Episode Seventy Four (December 2012)

Christmas at the Gallery: seasonal gifts and a Nativity makeover courtesy of Bruegel. Plus the dark arts of photographer Richard Learoyd.
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Episode Seventy Three (November 2012)

Explore the relationship between photography and art. Plus Man Booker-winner Hilary Mantel and the secret sauciness of Dutch painting.
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Episode Seventy Two (October 2012)

‘Richard Hamilton: The Late Works’ opens this month. Plus Edmund de Waal on Monet, and the perils of painting royals
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Episode Seventy One (September 2012)

Titian’s paintings inspire leading poets: Seamus Heaney reads new work. Plus what twilight meant (before vampires) and Millet’s ‘Winnower’.
Episode 70 (Aug 2012)
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Episode Seventy (August 2012)

New arrival: Vermeer’s ‘Guitar Player’. Plus poet Ted Hughes reads a tale from Ovid, and a guide to the (ancient) Olympics.
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Episode Sixty Nine (July 2012)

Discover how Titian’s masterpieces have inspired a new generation of artists and the Royal Ballet in ‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’. Plus, explore some of the Gallery’s best-kept secrets.
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Episode Sixty Eight (June 2012)

John Julius Norwich on pageants and Venetian regattas. Plus witches at their incantations and the coolest stare in the National Gallery.
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Episode Sixty Seven (May 2012)

Flirting, fighting and gambling with Reynolds’s ‘Bloody’ Colonel Tarleton. Plus Turner Inspired and the dazzling Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun.
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Episode Sixty Six (April 2012)

Titian’s first masterpiece – not seen outside Russia for nearly 250 years. Plus Turner in Italy and Berger’s Ways of Seeing.
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Episode Sixty Five (March 2012)

Doors open on the spring exhibition - Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude. Plus the private world of Renaissance birth.
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Episode Sixty Four (February 2012)

This month: Monet’s inspiring final years. Plus notes on Leonardo and how not to behave in church
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Episode Sixty Three (January 2012)

In the January 2012 episode, listen to the sounds of Hogarth's London, marvel at the mastery of Leonardo’s sketches and take a walk through Friedrich's snowy scene
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Episode Sixty Two (December 2011)

'Leonardo' exhibition curator Luke Syson reveals the man behind the myth. Plus artist Jenny Saville takes inspiration from Leonardo and Martin Kemp on the anatomy of Leonardo's drawings
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Episode Sixty One (November 2011)

This month, get a sneak preview of the 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' exhibition, and how Titian's paintings are inspiring dance works at the Royal Opera House.
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Episode Sixty (October 2011)

Turner vs Claude: exhibition preview. Plus broadcaster Gus Casely-Hayford on ‘Your Paintings’ and the view from Rubens’s window.
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Episode Fifty Nine (September 2011)

Meet Sydney Vacher: the Victorian who saw patterns in the paintings others overlooked. Plus Paris with Manet and the Devotion by Design exhibition.
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Episode Fifty Eight (August 2011)

What Eastlake did for us: the legacy of the National Gallery's first Director. Plus Whistlejacket's racing form, and altarpieces re-examined
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Episode Fifty Seven (July 2011)

Grayson Perry on the Sainsbury Wing. Plus exhibition previews: ‘Devotion by Design: Altarpieces before 1500’ and ‘Forest, Rocks, Torrents’
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Episode Fifty Six (June 2011)

Sainsbury Wing 20th Anniversary: special edition with the Gallery's Director Nicholas Penny, the artist Paula Rego, and archivist Alan Crookham
Episode Fifty Five (May 2011)
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Episode Fifty Five (May 2011)

Gossaert's nudes: the naked sensuality of an Old Master painter. Plus curating Leonardo and artist Michael Landy work in progress
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Episode Fifty Four (April 2011)

Uccello and the Nazis: the life of a painting in wartime. Plus the first Impressionist show, and marriage in the 18th century
Episode Fifty Three (March 2011)
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Episode Fifty Three (March 2011)

Google Art Project: new ways of looking at Old Masters. Plus Gossaert on money, and looking at books in art
Episode 52 (February 2011)
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Episode Fifty Two (February 2011)

Exhibition preview: Jan Gossaert's Renaissance. Plus an American experiment in art, and the science of colour
Episode 51 (January 2011)
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Episode Fifty One (January 2011)

Art in the making: artist Ben Johnson at work. Plus looking good in Van Dyck’s day, and Veronese’s Saint Helena
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Episode Fifty (December 2010)

Changing scene: Canaletto and the theatre (with special effects). Plus window dressing as art, and paintings with stories to tell
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Episode Forty Nine (November 2010)

Jon Snow on the art of war. Plus new perspectives with artist Clive Head, and rivalry: Florence vs. Siena.
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Episode Forty Eight (October 2010)

David Starkey on the genius of British art. Plus Canaletto's views, and social climbing at the court of Louis XVI.
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Episode Forty Seven (September 2010)

This month, take a sneak preview at exhibitions coming up in 2011 – from Gossaert to Leonardo da Vinci. Plus the secret life of a painting, and our current exhibition.
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Episode Forty Six (August 2010)

This month, the spirit of Velázquez: an Old Master 350 years on. Plus, the music of the gods, and optical instruments in art
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Episode Forty Five (July 2010)

This month, faking it: how Gallery experts spot forgeries. Plus Andrew Graham-Dixon on Caravaggio, and Canaletto’s view paintings (the ultimate status symbol)
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Episode Forty Four (June 2010)

This month, drawing water: how to capture the Thames on paper. Plus Renaissance paintings for all the senses, and new angles on art
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Episode Forty Three (May 2010)

This month, Michael Landy arrives: introducing the Gallery's latest associate artist. Plus Delaroche on revolution, and the collection that changed British tastes in art
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Episode Forty Two (April 2010)

This month, saying it with flowers: Dutch paintings decoded. Plus Delaroche on the stage, and what kids can teach us about art
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Episode Forty One (March 2010)

This month, painting history: uncovering the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey at our latest exhibition. Plus shedding new light on the Gallery, and Hogarth's homes
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Episode Forty (February 2010)

This month Claude: a special investigating the painter's enchanted landscapes and heavenly skies. Plus Michelangelo's male nudes
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Episode Thirty Nine (January 2010)

This month divine inspiration: composing music to accompany 'The Sacred Made Real'. Also tragedy in Rubens, and touring the Gallery's facade. Includes bonus track with music from Stephen Hough.
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Episode Thirty Eight (December 2009)

This month walk through the National Gallery’s red-light district. Plus 17th-century special effects, and cooking with Carlo Crivelli - download a bonus recipe.
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Episode Thirty Seven (November 2009)

Curator's introduction: 'Sacred Made Real' (with Xavier Bray). Plus listen to art on the 'Sounds of the Gallery tour, and get a beginner's guide to painting in gold.
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Episode Thirty Six (October 2009)

In this month's episode: what's in a frame? Director Nicholas Penny shares some inside knowledge. Plus preview 'The Sacred Made Real', and find some sun at the Gallery.
Episode Thirty Five (September 2009)
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Episode Thirty Five (September 2009)

How to spot a Fragonard by reading the clues in a painting. Plus the difference a donation makes.
Episode Thirty Three (July 2009)
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Episode Thirty Four (August 2009)

See the wood for the trees: learn to draw root and branch. Plus the Barbizon painters, and tips on preserving Renaissance panels.
Episode Thirty Three (July 2009)
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Episode Thirty Three (July 2009)

A day at the seaside: our latest exhibition ‘Corot to Monet’. Plus optical illusions and the Gallery on your iPhone.
Episode Thirty Two (June 2009)
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Episode Thirty Two (June 2009)

In this month's podcast, go picnicking among the paintings. A special podcast looking at the origins of the National Gallery.
Episode Thirty One (May 2009)
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Episode Thirty One (May 2009)

Find out about the versatility of Pablo Picasso. Plus social climbing with Joshua Reynolds and the appeal of Ruben's nudes.
Episode Thirty (April 2009)
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Episode Thirty (April 2009)

In this month's podcast, discover the international appeal of Saint George. Plus tall tales about ships and a short guide to religious art in this month's bonus track.
Episode Twenty Nine (March 2009)
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Episode Twenty Nine (March 2009)

In this month's podcast, the art of cookery with the National Dining Room's Oliver Peyton. Plus Picasso's women and a costume parade at the Gallery.
Episode Twenty Eight (February 2009)
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Episode Twenty Eight (February 2009)

Picasso takes on past masters at our latest exhibition. Plus find out more about Tintoretto's creation myths, and Kenneth Clark's 'Civilisation' at 40.
Episode Twenty Seven (January 2009)
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Episode Twenty Seven (January 2009)

Hear about new acquistions at the Gallery by Monet and Gauguin. Plus learn about the journey of ultramarine through the ages, and find out how to get more from your cultural life.
Episode Twenty Six (December 2008)
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Episode Twenty Six (December 2008)

Unlock the hidden codes within religious art. Plus interviews with artist Humphrey Ocean and photographer David LaChapelle.
Episode Twenty Five (November 2008)
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Episode Twenty Five (November 2008)

Learn the ugly truth about a National Gallery painting. Plus the campaign to buy a Titian masterpiece, and Impressionism in Britain.
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Episode Twenty Four (October 2008)

What's so funny about Renaissance faces? Plus the secret lives of paintings, and Bonnie Greer on 'Madame Moitessier'.
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Episode Twenty Three (September 2008)

Bombs, buns and Beethoven - wartime at the National Gallery in this month's podcast. Plus curator Lois Oliver on the Love exhibition, and two beautiful panel paintings reunited and restored.
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Episode Twenty Two (August 2008)

In this month's podcast, priceless paintings fly into town for ‘Renaissance Faces’. Plus sixties folk star Shirley Collins, and a wandering Van Dyck masterpiece.
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Episode Twenty One (July 2008)

Hear about the "gayest painting at the Gallery'". Plus learn about the painting techniques of the Divisionists and take ballet lessons from Van Dyck. Bonus track: an extract from the Radical Light audio tour.
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Episode Twenty (June 2008)

Jon Snow tells us about his fascination with Lake Keitele, Dave Brown on reinventing famous paintings and an introduction to the exhibition Radical Light.
Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768
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Episode Nineteen (May 2008)

Nicholas Penny on returning to the Gallery as Director, Rachel Ruysch’s celebrated blooms, and a house where art meets science.
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Episode Eighteen (April 2008)

Go beneath the sheets to a world of colour in associate artist Alison Watt's 'Phantom'; plus a very rich lady in red, and a Dutch landscape in the wrong shade of yellow...
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Episode Seventeen (March 2008)

In this month's episode, hear about sexual escapades on the Grand Tour, piece together a puzzling mosaic, and talk to associate artist Alison Watt.
Curator Dawson Carr in conversation with Leah Kharibian
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Episode Sixteen (February 2008)

Stylish gentlemen seek art, antiquity and the ultimate Roman holiday as 'Pompeo Batoni' opens at the Gallery.
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Episode Fifteen (January 2008)

Hear a concert inside a painting and make your New Year's resolutions with Louis XV's courtesan, Madame de Pompadour. Bonus track: music from the Renaissance.
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Episode Fourteen (December 2007)

Go angel spotting around the Gallery, and glimpse heaven in stained glass at our latest exhibition
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Episode Thirteen (November 2007)

Light the fuse and stand well back for talks about Saint Catherine. Also, explore a different Renaissance in Siena while hearing about how our new exhibition was put together.
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Episode Twelve (October 2007)

Hear about concerts to celebrate Dame Myra Hess; listen to a history of the dye indigo set in the four corners of the globe; and learn about a series of drawing events at the Gallery.
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Episode Eleven (September 2007)

Investigate marks on a painting with the conservation department and hear about how you can bring your children along to Family Sundays. Also watch our bonus video 'Hungry for Love', an animation by student Kim Alexander, inspired by Vincenzo Catena's 'Saint Jerome in his Study'.
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Episode Ten (August 2007)

Professor Chris McManus explains what happens in our brains when we look at a painting. Hear about Rembrandt's famous painting of surgeons dissecting a corpse in the 'Dutch Portraits' exhibition. Also learn how Croydon GPs have been using the Gallery's masterpieces to diagnose illness.
Artist Yinka Shonibare
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Episode Nine (July 2007)

From the slave trade to smiling Dutchmen - two new exhibitions: 'Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals' and 'Scratch the Surface'. Plus singing bus drivers hit the Gallery.
Polish artist and writer Roman Halter
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Episode Eight (June 2007)

Polish artist and writer Roman Halter talks us through memories of the Holocaust. School kids examine a 17th-century masterpiece in the Take One Picture project. Life-size reproductions of paintings hit the streets.
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Episode Seven (May 2007)

In 'Nocturne', find out what goes on at the National Gallery after dark. Night-time tales from security guards on patrol and author Tracy Chevalier ('Girl with a Pearl Earring'). Writer Marina Warner discusses bringing art to life.
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Episode Six (April 2007)

A mix of gardening, beauty and art. Tips from gardening expert Sarah Raven will help you recreate 'Renoir Landscapes' in your own garden. 'The body in art' - beauty tips from Rubens and Joachim Wtewael. Leon Kossoff exhibition: the artist and the National Gallery.
Artist Jon Hall
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Episode Five (March 2007)

Gallery news, including the 'Renoir Landscapes' exhibition, a sound-piece inspired by Pissarro's 'Fox Hill, Upper Norwood' and the Gallery's touring 'Work, Rest & Play' exhibition.
Uccello, Saint George and the Dragon, about 1470
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Episode Four (February 2007)

Gallery news, including the 'Renoir Landscapes' exhibition, classic French cinema, Chinese New Year events and a touch of romance.
Comedian Frank Skinner
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Episode Three (January 2007)

Gallery news, including the new Tim Gardner exhibition and Frank Skinner's pick of the collection, plus interactive sound art.
Elena Greer
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Episode Two (December 2006)

Exhibition news, including 'Velázquez', 'Cézanne in Britain' and 'Dutch Winter Scenes'.
Degas, Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, 1879
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Episode One (November 2006)

News on the Velázquez exhibition; celebrating Black History Month; the new National Café

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