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Past exhibition

7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

Striking and often unforgiving, Goya’s portraits demonstrate his daringly unconventional approach and remarkable skill at capturing the psychology of his sitters

Already 37 when he secured his first important portrait commission from Spain’s Prime Minister, Count Floridablanca, Goya’s reputation grew quickly. Ambitious and proud of his status, he gained patrons from the entire breadth of Spanish society: from the royal family and aristocrats, to intellectuals, politicians and military figures, to his own friends and family.

Deeply affected by his deafness, the result of serious illness in his mid-40s, portraiture remained a means by which Goya could communicate. His approach was unhindered; he was unafraid to reveal what he saw.

Providing penetrating insight into the public and private aspects of his life, ‘Goya: The Portraits’ traces the artist’s development, from his first commissions to more intimate later works painted during his ‘self-imposed exile’ in France in the 1820s – a career that spanned revolution and restoration, war with France, and the cultural upheaval of the Spanish Enlightenment.

A boundary-breaker, and highly regarded by Delacroix, Degas, Manet and Picasso, Goya is one of Spain’s most celebrated painters, yet until now, his story as a portraitist has never been told in an exhibition.

‘Goya: The Portraits’ presents 70 of the artist’s most outstanding works from public and private collections around the world, including paintings, drawings, and miniatures never-before-seen in London.

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Open daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

Advance booking recommended

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Adult £18 £16
Senior £16 £14
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £9 £8
Student/Jobseeker/12–18 years £9 £8

Please note: These ticket prices include a voluntary donation to the National Gallery. Thanks to your support we are able to look after the paintings in our care and maintain free admission to our permanent collection.

By agreeing for the National Gallery to Gift Aid your admission ticket, we can claim a further 25p on every £1 spent, at no extra cost to you. You must be a UK taxpayer and pay an amount of income/capital gains tax at least equal to the tax we reclaim on your payment. Please ask our staff at the Ticket Desk or make your Gift Aid declaration when purchasing tickets online.

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Please ensure you have your tickets with you when you visit the Gallery. Proof of purchase will not be accepted for admittance and lost or forgotten tickets cannot be replaced.

If you choose to print your tickets at home, please ensure that you have A4 paper and black ink available and that you can open and print PDF files. A clear printout of your ticket is needed for entry to the exhibition.

Under 12s

Free with a paying adult. Ticket required. Call 0800 912 6958 (booking fee £1.70) or book online.

Groups

£14 for groups of 10+

To book, call 020 7907 7059 (no booking fees, lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Disabled visitors

For Disabled Concession tickets (£14) and accompanying free carer tickets please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees) or ask at the Ticket Desk.

School, college and university groups

Educational institutions wishing to purchase exhibition tickets should email tickets@ng-london.org.uk for a booking form at least once month in advance of the intended visit date.

Timed-ticket entry

Ticket holders should enter the exhibition at the Sainsbury Wing during the half-hour time slot on their ticket.

You can stay as long as you like until closing procedures start, but there is no re-admission to the exhibition. The last ticket entry slot commences 1½ hours before closing time (e.g. 4.30–5pm entry for 6pm closing time).

Staff will start closing procedures five minutes before the advertised closing time.

Other ways to book

  • Book online (no booking fee)

    Choose your tickets online up until midnight the day before your visit. Receive your ticket immediately (via secure email link) and print it yourself at home

  • In person (no booking fee)

    Tickets can be purchased from the Advance Ticket Desk in the Sainsbury Wing until 5.15pm (8.15pm on Fridays)

  • By phone

    Book tickets by phone until 3pm the day before you visit
    0800 912 6958 (booking fee £1.90 maximum per ticket, lines open Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sundays 10am to 8pm)
    International callers +44 020 7126 5573 (booking fee maximum £1.90 per ticket)
    For Disabled Concession tickets (£14) and accompanying free carer tickets, please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees)
    Tickets ordered by phone will be available for collection at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit

  • By post

    From the National Gallery (no booking fee). Please allow two weeks for processing and postage of your booking