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Lunchtime series

Gallery in wartime

Which paintings felt most meaningful to our visitors during the Second World War?
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Time
1 - 1.30 pm

About

During the Second World War, the Gallery’s paintings were hidden for safe keeping in caves in Manod, Wales. When the bombing raids lessened in 1942, it was decided to bring one painting a month back to the Gallery for display. Each night, the work was removed from display and stored in an underground strong room for safety. The arrival of each painting was a news event.

This series of talks focuses on those paintings which attracted the highest visitor numbers. 

What might these paintings have meant to those living through the trauma of war?

Week 1

Titian’s Noli me Tangere
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Image: Detail from Titian, 'Noli me Tangere', about 1514

Week 2

Rembrandt’s Portrait of Margaretha de Geer, wife of Jacob Tripp
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Image: Detail from Rembrandt, 'Portrait of Margaretha de Geer, Wife of Jacob Trip', about 1661

Week 3

Velázquez’s The Rokeby Venus
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Image: Detail from Diego Velázquez, 'The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus')', 1647-51

Week 4

Botticelli’s Venus and Mars
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Image: Detail from Sandro Botticelli, 'Venus and Mars', about 1485

Week 5

Bellini’s The Agony in the Garden
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Image: Detail from Giovanni Bellini, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1458-60

Week 6

Claude's Seaport with the Embarkation of Saint Ursula
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Image: Detail from Claude, 'Seaport with the Embarkation of Saint Ursula', 1641
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About Alan Crookham
Alan Crookham is our Research Centre Manager and responsible for the strategic development of our Library and Archive. He also works to support collaborative research projects between our staff and the broader academic community. He has particular expertise in museum archives and the Gallery’s history.
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Bethan Durie
About Bethan Durie
Bethan Durie is one of our Gallery Educators. After completing an MA at the Royal College of Art, she went on to work in the learning departments of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Garden Museum, and most recently with us at the National Gallery. Her specialisms include design, contemporary illustration, and printmaking.
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Fiona Alderton
About Fiona Alderton
Fiona Alderton is a Gallery Educator and storyteller. With a background in performing, she writes and gives sessions for adults and children, including commissions for various organisations such as the National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the Royal Opera House in London.
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Dr Christina Bradstreet
About Dr Christina Bradstreet
Dr Christina Bradstreet is our Courses and Events Programmer. She is the author of ‘Scented Visions: smell in nineteenth-century art’. Her passion is promoting adult engagement with art and art history through innovative teaching approaches, including pioneering work in the field of art and mindfulness.
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Kate Devine
About Kate Devine
Kate Devine is one of our Gallery Educators helping to open up the world of art history to diverse audiences. She also works with students and community groups at the Royal Academy of Arts and is currently preparing a PhD on 20th-century Italian art.
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Belle Smith
About Belle Smith
Belle Smith is an artist and Gallery Educator who has worked in London museums and galleries for many years. She studied at Goldsmiths College and has an MA in the History of Art. She enjoys working with groups of all ages, from young children and teenagers to undergraduates and adults.

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Supported by Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE

Lunchtime series

Gallery in wartime

Which paintings felt most meaningful to our visitors during the Second World War?
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Time
1 - 1.30 pm

Free

Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.