The lost altarpiece
How would Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks have looked in its original setting?
Chemistry of colour
Journey through a spectrum of colours with our Scientific Department as we explore some of the different pigments used in our paintings
100 years of the Photographic Department: Part Two
Walk through 100 years of photography, looking at some of the Photographic team’s favourite images from the archive
100 years of the Photographic Department
In the first part of our centenary celebrations, we look at how the team has evolved over the last 100 years
Relining Van Dyck's Equestrian Portrait of Charles I
Sharing knowledge with international colleagues
15 years after discovering a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks, we uncover more of the mystery
In 2011 we made the decision to undertake one of the most complex structural conservation projects in the history of the Gallery: the structural restoration of Giovanni Martini da Udine’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Saints’. It is now on display in Room 56.
Film series: Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi's Self Portrait
Watch our series about the restoration of an exciting new acquisition – a recently discovered self portrait by celebrated female artist Artemisia Gentileschi
The Restoration of Rosa Bonheur’s The Horse Fair
Conservator Hayley Tomlinson takes us behind the scenes to discuss the cleaning of Rosa Bonheur’s ‘The Horse Fair’
Learn how our Scientific Department identifies pigments, and watch how they are mixed to make paint.
Behind the scenes in Framing
The Framing Department reveals the richness and importance of the collection’s frames.
A blonde's dark secret
How a seductive beauty changed into a demure lady, 300 years after she was painted
Restoring the Raising of Lazarus
Restorer Jill Dunkerton discusses the restoration of Wtewael's masterpiece, The Raising of Lazarus, from the Wycombe Museum.
Portrait of Alexander Mornauer
This portrait was given a complete makeover in the 18th century. But why, and by whom?
Under van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait
See how infrared reflectography reveals a hidden masterpiece beneath van Eyck’s famous Arnolfini Portrait.
Paintings in depth: Verrocchio unveiled
Discover how conservation work helped to identify two works by Leonardo’s teacher, Andrea del Verrocchio.