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Past exhibition

19 February – 11 May 2014

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

This exhibition takes a fresh look at German Renaissance paintings in the National Gallery Collection, providing insights into the way these works were perceived in their time and in the recent past, and how they are seen today.

It will focus on some of the best-known artists of the period, including Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. All famous artists in their own time, the exhibition will highlight the ways in which their paintings, drawings and prints were valued in the 16th century for qualities such as expression and inventiveness.

The exhibition will also examine the evolution of the perception of German Renaissance art and the reasons why attitudes towards it were mixed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in the context of the National Gallery Collection. While some viewers admired the artists’ technical mastery and their embodiment of a perceived German national identity, others saw these works of art as excessive or even ugly – particularly when compared to works of the Italian Renaissance.

This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the National Gallery and the University of York.

Booking fees and delivery charges apply: maximum 6 tickets per purchase.
Tickets can be purchased up to 3pm the day before your visit.

Tickets: Timed-ticket entry*

Gift Aid* adult: £8.00

Gift Aid* National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £4.00

Full price: £7.00

National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £3.50

Under 16s

Free with a paying adult (not applicable to groups). Ticket required. Call 0844 248 5097.

Veronese/Strange Beauty Special offer

With Veronese ticket: £5.00

Buy a ticket for Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice (19 March – 15 June 2014) to be eligible for this special price for Strange Beauty.

Special offer valid for all Veronese ticket holders. Please present the Veronese ticket or proof of purchase at the Ticket Desk to redeem this offer. No further discounts apply to this offer price. Offer valid until 11 May 2014.

Season tickets: Limited availability

Unlimited entry to this exhibition at any date and time. Non-transferable – photo ID is required for admission.

Full price: £18.00

National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders: £9.00

Available by post or in person from the Gallery.

Please note: Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or replaced. Tickets offered for resale will be cancelled without refund and admission will be refused to the bearer.

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 have not received your tickets please contact your ticket provider in advance of your visit so that they can make the necessary arrangements with the Gallery. 

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 5 minutes before the advertised closing time.

Gift Aid*

Available online and at the Sainsbury Wing Ticket Desk only. By donating the cost of a standard ticket price, plus a minimum of 10%, the whole of your donation is eligible for Gift Aid at 25 pence in the pound.

Buying tickets through Ticketmaster

When purchasing tickets online please choose your delivery option. Tickets can be printed at home (via a secure email link) or posted to you one month before the admission date.

If you choose to print your tickets at home (Ticketfast) 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.

For any queries regarding tickets purchased online please contact Ticketmaster directly. Details of these transactions are not held at the National Gallery.

Disabled visitors

For disabled visitors, a complimentary accompanying carer/companion ticket is available upon request at the Ticket Desk, and all other sales points, including agents.

School, college and university groups

Educational institutions wishing to purchase exhibition tickets should email for a booking form.

Other ways to book

  • 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

    0844 847 2409 (booking fee)

    International callers +44 208 127 4920

    For Disabled and carer tickets, please call 0800 988 4440

  • Groups
    For groups of 10 people or more call 020 7420 9734 (no booking fee)

  • By post

    From the National Gallery (no booking fee)

    Send your name, address and the date and time you would like to visit and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

    Advance Ticket Sales
    The National Gallery
    Trafalgar Square
    London WC2N 5DN

    Please include a full telephone number

    Cheques should be made payable to 'The National Gallery' or provide full credit card details.