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Discover the stories behind our paintings; from female art heroes to dragon-slaying saints, see our latest features and films.

Our latest stories

Gainsborough's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
From Jeremy Vine to a parish priest, find out why Gainsborough's painting has intrigued people for centuries
Kindness
Christine Riding shares images of compassion and generosity towards family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers
Construct a still life
From humble pieces of fruit to epic tablescapes, watch how artist Nick Pace constructs still-life scenes from household items
A portrait of Gainsborough's daughter Margaret is reunited with pictures of her family
Redon's 'Ophelia among the Flowers'
Lose yourself in Redon's symphony of colour
Explore how artists have painted healers throughout history, from biblical figures to eminent doctors who made groundbreaking discoveries
May 2020: A Wheatfield, with Cypresses
Van Gogh’s sunlit view of the French countryside has been voted your picture of the month
Turner's 'Rain, Steam, and Speed'
A slow look at Turner's painting of the Great Western Railway
Drawing Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'
Learn how to take your pencil for a walk, and other ways of drawing nature, with Bethan Durie
The home office
Step into Antonello da Messina's 'Saint Jerome in his Study'; a retreat of calm and solace
A collage inspired by Rousseau's 'Surprised!'
Create a jungle-inspired collage using materials you can find at home, with Bethan Durie
Working from home
Francesca Whitlum-Cooper peeks into paintings of people at home
Everyone wanted paintings by Titian; we find out what made him so special
Self-assured and determined, passionate and sometimes vulnerable, Artemisia’s voice is brought to life through her words and personal letters
From cupid's bow to Odysseus's epic archery skills, discover the meaning of arrows in art with Carlo Corsato
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See the bigger picture

From peeks behind the scenes to in-depth looks at paintings, see some of our highlights below or browse our archive of features and films

Make and create
A curated look

Short talks from our curators, filmed from their homes for you to enjoy in yours 

5-minute meditations

Let go of thoughts of the past and worries for the future with a mindful look at one painting

Women artists in the collection
A king-sized restoration project

Latest films

24 videos

5-minute meditation: Redon's 'Ophelia among the Flowers'

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4:56

A curated look at kindness

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11:00

One painting, many voices

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12:05

Make and create: Construct your own still life

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10:00

Make and create: drawing Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

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8:43

'Saint Jerome in his Study' in 10 minutes

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8:52

5-minute meditation with Turner's 'Rain, Steam, and Speed'

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4:35

A curated look at: A day in the countryside

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10:44

Make and create: a collage inspired by Rousseau's 'Surprised!'

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9:47

A curated look at: working from home

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17:20

Love and Punishment

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7:56

Cleavers, poison and snakes

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5:56

Birds and death in paintings

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4:55

Art restoration of one of our largest paintings: Cleaning Van Dyck's '...

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11:31

Restoring Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'

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41:09

Curator’s Introduction to ‘Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece’

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43:13

Eight female artists from art history

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10:08

The art restoration plan for Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'

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2:28

Cleaning Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'

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5:45

Why are there so few female artists in the National Gallery?

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4:59

The women who shaped our collection

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4:31

Artemisia visits Glasgow Women’s Library

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7:39

Artemisia Visits - the full journey

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6:30

Artemisia visits a prison

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