Clive Head: An Artist's Perspective

Take a tour of the National Gallery’s collection with artist Clive Head – discover how painters throughout history have constructed architecture and space.

To coincide with the Sainsbury Wing exhibition Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, the National Gallery has invited artist Clive Head to show work that considers the urban landscape in Clive Head: Modern Perspectives.

Head combines site drawings, photography and studio studies to create multiple views in a single painting. His display features three paintings, exploring the experience of looking and moving around spaces in London.

About the tour

For this tour, Head has selected five National Gallery paintings. Discover the extraordinary spatial games Turner played and the Impressionist’s subversive use of photographic perspective..

Paintings in the tour

Pieter de Hooch, 'The Courtyard of a House in Delft'
The Courtyard of a House in Delft
Pieter de Hooch

about 1475

Camille Pissarro, 'The Louvre under Snow'
The Louvre under Snow
Camille Pissarro


Nicholas Poussin, 'The Adoration of the Shepherds'
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Nicholas Poussin

about 1633–4

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Dido building Carthage'
Dido building Carthage
Joseph Mallord William Turner


Banner image above: Detail from Clive Head working on the painting, 'Leaving the Underground', 2010. Photo © John Gibbons