Read and watch stories inspired by our paintings

Alexandre Calame, At Handeck, about 1860
Much of Bermejo's life is shrouded in mystery. Here's what we do know about the 15th-century Spanish genius
Discover the detail in this extraordinary painting by Bartolomé Bermejo
Read how the rare loan of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci’s favourite pupil, Francesco Melzi, was the centrepiece of a special display
He’s one of Spain’s most celebrated artists, but is less well known outside of his home country. Here’s what you need to know about the artist dubbed Spain's Impressionist
Gain an insight into the first major exhibition of Sorolla’s paintings in the UK since 1908
Famous for his technical virtuosity; his skill at painting the fleeting effects of light, we take a look at the main aspects of Sorolla's technique
June 2019: The Story of Griselda, Part I: Marriage
May 2019: Thomas Jones, 'A Wall in Naples', about 1782
April 2019: Vincent van Gogh, 'Van Gogh's Chair', 1888
March 2019: Frans van Mieris the Elder, 'Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Cunera van der Cock', about 1657–8
Discover the women behind our paintings
Discover our newly restored and recently acquired painting by the most celebrated female artist of the Italian Baroque
Michael Palin in conversation
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Michael Palin discusses his favourite National Gallery paintings, in conversation with Caroline Campbell.
Detail from Monet, 'The Water Lily Pond', 1899
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Find out how a radical breakaway movement became one of the most popular styles in modern art.
Gabriele Finaldi giving a lunchtime talk
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Watch our Director, Gabriele Finaldi, explore the life and work of Bernardo Bellotto and the recently acquired painting, The Fortress of Königstein from the North.
Detail from Arthur Streeton, ‘Golden Summer, Eaglemont’, 1889. Purchased 1995 © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
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Discover how four of Australia's most significant artists engaged with and contributed to the broader, international movement that was Impressionism.
Detail from Turner, 'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839
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Read about Turner's celebrated painting of the last voyage of an old war hero – The Fighting Temeraire.
Detail from Drouais, 'Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame', 1763-4
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She was the most powerful courtesan of her day, but who was the real Madame de Pompadour?
Detail from Raphael, 'Madonna of the Pinks', about 1506-7
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Learn how The Madonna of the Pinks was identified as a work by Raphael.
Detail from Leonardo 'The Virgin of the Rocks', about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8
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Uncover the secrets that lie behind Leonardo's Renaissance masterpiece.
Curator giving a lunchtime talk
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Learn more about Botticelli's intriguing mythological scene depicting the goddess of love, and the god of war
Bomb Damage
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Learn how the National Gallery survived during the Second World War.