Go behind the scenes at the Gallery

A still from the 'Making green' film
Film
Learn how our Scientific Department identifies pigments, and watch how they are mixed to make paint.
Detail from Leonardo 'The Virgin of the Rocks', about 1491-1508
Feature
Uncover the hidden painting behind one of our most celebrated masterpieces, Leonardo's The Virgin of the Rocks.
Film
The Framing Department reveals the richness and importance of the collection’s frames.
Detail from A Woman at a Window
Feature
How a seductive beauty changed into a demure lady, 300 years after she was painted
Restorer Jill Dunkerton at work
Film
Restorer Jill Dunkerton discusses the restoration of Wtewael's masterpiece, The Raising of Lazarus, from the Wycombe Museum.
Master of the Mornauer Portrait, 'Portrait of Alexander Mornauer', about 1464-88
Feature
This portrait was given a complete makeover in the 18th century. But why, and by whom?
A still from the film 'Under the Arnolfini Portrait'
Film
See how infrared reflectography reveals a hidden masterpiece beneath van Eyck’s famous Arnolfini Portrait.
Andrea del Verrocchio, 'The Virgin and Child with Two Angels'
Feature
Discover how conservation work helped to identify two works by Leonardo’s teacher, Andrea del Verrocchio.
A still from the 'framing gold' film
Film
Watch how gold leaf is applied to surfaces, and explore the frames of some of our most significant paintings.