The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. This opportunity to bring three hugely popular works to the public’s doorstep is being made possible by the generous support of Christie’s.

The three masterpieces that will form the Masterpiece Tour 2018–2020 are:


Hans Holbein the Younger
about 1526-8
Hans Holbein the Younger: 'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (Anne Lovell?)'

Hans Holbein the Younger’s 'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling', a much-loved work from the National Gallery Collection, is touring the UK in 2018–19 as part of the Masterpiece Tour. It will travel to the following venues:

The New Art Gallery Walsall (12 January – 22 April 2018)
Shetland Museum & Archives (4 May – 15 July 2018)
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (13 October 2018 – 6 January 2019)


Nicolas Poussin
Nicolas Poussin, The Triumph of Pan

Nicolas Poussin’s 'The Triumph of Pan’, one the French master’s most intricate compositions, is touring the UK in 2019–20 as part of the Masterpiece Tour. It will travel to the following venues:

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (11 April – 7 July 2019)

York Art Gallery (12 July – 22 September 2019)

Auckland Castle (5 October 2019 – 5 January 2020)


Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
about 1886
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study'

Applications for the Masterpiece Tour 2020 are now open. We would particularly welcome applications from venues who have not previously borrowed from the National Gallery, or are located in an area of low arts engagement. Further details can be found here.

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