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National Treasures

Opening 10 May 2024

As part of the programme of events to celebrate our Bicentenary, 12 of the nation’s most iconic and well-loved paintings from the collection are being lent to 12 venues across the UK.

Paintings including, Constable’s The Hay Wain, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond will each travel to a regional centre such as Bristol, Newcastle and York. For some of the works, not least the The Wilton Diptych and Botticelli’s Venus and Mars, it will be the first time that they will have left the Gallery since they were acquired.

Each of the partner venues is set to mark the national treasure's stay by organising events, exhibitions and digital interventions to showcase their works.

The displays will open simultaneously on 10 May 2024, the 200th anniversary of the Gallery’s opening in London, enabling people from all over the country to see, up close, some of the greatest works in the history of Western art.

Supported by




With additional support from

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

Mark Storey & Carey Karmel

And other donors


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Partners and paintings

'The Wilton Diptych'

Artemisia, 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'

Rembrandt, 'Self Portrait at the Age of 34'

Constable, 'The Hay Wain'

Canaletto, 'The Stonemason’s Yard'

Botticelli, 'Venus and Mars'

Vermeer, 'A Young Woman standing at a Virginal'

Turner, 'The Fighting Temeraire'

Renoir, 'The Umbrellas'

Caravaggio, 'The Supper at Emmaus'

Velázquez, 'The Rokeby Venus'

Monet, 'The Water-Lily Pond'