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Short talks from our curators, filmed from their homes for you to enjoy in yours
Let go of thoughts of the past and worries for the future with a mindful look at one painting
Find out what goes on in our Conservation, Scientific, Curatorial and Framing departments
Trailblazers and rule-breakers; discover some of the female artists in the collection
A curated look: why artists painted on copper
Curator Letizia Treves takes a look at some of the National Gallery's smaller paintings, painted on copper.
5-minute meditation: Zurbarán's 'A Cup of Water and a Rose'
This five minute mindfulness video explores the lines, textures and reflections in Zurbarán's painting, which encourages quiet contemplation by finding significance in everyday objects.
Cochineal beetles in art
David Peggie, senior scientist at the National Gallery, explains Titian's use of cochineal beetles and red lakes in the painting 'Diana and Callisto'.
Make and create: Art ideas for little ones under 5
Join Jenny, one of our Educators, to get creative with colourful ice cubes, chalks and water sprays!
A curated look at: beaches
Sarah Herring, Associate Curator for Post 1800 Paintings, discusses paintings showing beach views, including those by Degas, Monet and Constable.
Renovating the largest room in the Gallery
We've really missed what is our largest room and one of the Gallery's major thoroughfares. It's been out of bounds to most of us and so we're excited about the big reveal.
Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne: from big cats to love at first sight
Unforgettable, beautiful, perfect... Find out why people fall in love with Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
5-minute meditation: Bonington's 'An Estuary in Northern France'
Join Christina Bradstreet from our Learning team for a slow look at 'An Estuary in Northern France'. We recommend finding a quiet spot and watching on 'full screen' to get the most out of the experience.
Make and create: pattern making
Hear the story of the Greek myth of Penelope with the Suitors from 'The Odyssey', then learn how to make your own tools to create printed patterns on fabric.
Make and create: Making art together
Whether it be inviting your family and friends to join your artist's studio, or designing an exhibition at home, here are some ways you can get creative together.
Holbein's Ambassadors: theories, questions and what you need to know
Grandiose. Monumental. Chas and Dave? Find out what people had to say about Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'.
Make and create: Self portraits
Learn how to make self portraits using different techniques, with Bethan and Gus the cat.
A curated look at: angels
Joost Joustra, The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion, decodes paintings of angels.
5-minute meditation: Redon's 'Ophelia among the Flowers'
Take five minutes with Christina Bradstreet from our Learning team to look, slowly, at Redon's dream-like pastel, 'Ophelia among the Flowers'. Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust.
A curated look at: kindness
Christine Riding, the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, looks at paintings on the theme of kindness.
One painting, many voices
From Jeremy Vine to a parish priest, find out why Gainsborough's painting has intrigued people for centuries.
Make and create: Construct your own still life
From humble pieces of fruit to epic tablescapes, watch how artist Nick Pace stages still life scenes from household items.
Make and create: drawing Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'
Recreate Vincent van Gogh's famous 'Sunflowers', or draw something you find on your daily walk or lying around the house. All you need to take part is a pencil and paper, or something to draw on, and follow along with Bethan.
'Saint Jerome in his Study' in 10 minutes
Caroline Campbell, the National Gallery's Director of Collections and Research, discusses the early Renaissance painter Antonello da Messina's painting, 'Saint Jerome in his Study'.
5-minute meditation with Turner's 'Rain, Steam, and Speed'
A five-minute slow-looking exercise to enjoy the details of Joseph Mallord William Turner's 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust.
A curated look at: A day in the countryside
Lucy Chiswell, the Dorset Curatorial Fellow for Paintings 1600-1800, explores a day in the countryside through paintings by Rubens, Constable and Corot.
Make and create: a collage inspired by Rousseau's 'Surprised!'
Watch along as Bethan, one of our Educators, creates a jungle-inspired work of art using just materials you can find at home.
A curated look at: working from home
A look at paintings that depict interiors and people at home, presented by Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, the Myojin-Nadar Associate Curator of Paintings, 1600–1800, at the National Gallery, London.
Love and Punishment
In this video, National Gallery Educator Carlo Corsato explains the meaning of the symbol of bows and arrows in paintings.
Cleavers, poison and snakes
Cleavers, poison and snakes, oh my! But what do they have to do with saints?
Birds and death in paintings
What does the goldfinch symbolise? And what do birds have to do with death?
Art restoration of one of our largest paintings: Cleaning Van Dyck's '...
How do you restore a painting that is over 12 feet tall and 9 feet wide? Over the last year, our Conservation and Scientific teams have been restoring one of our largest paintings, Anthony van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'. Watch along as...
Restoring Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'
Hear Larry Keith, our Head of Conservation and Keeper, talk about the challenges and the highlights of cleaning and restoring Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Virgin of the Rocks' and how this important work has greatly increased our knowledge of Leonardo's ...
Curator’s Introduction to ‘Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece’
Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, discusses the curation of ‘Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece’.
Eight female artists from art history
Fiona Alderton takes a tour of some of the paintings painted by women in the National Gallery collection, including:
The art restoration plan for Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'
In the first part of our film series about the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria', Larry Keith our Head of Conservation and Keeper explains the steps we take to restore our paintings.
Cleaning Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'
What have we found so far during the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'? Larry Keith, our Head of Conservation and Keeper, explains how the painting's appearance is changing as old varnishes are re...
Why are there so few female artists in the National Gallery?
There are only 21 paintings in our collection by women. During Women's History Month, discover the women in our collection: the artists, the patrons, the muses.
The women who shaped our collection
From commissioning altarpieces to giving their collections to the nation, women helped to shape our collection in many more ways than just the paintings they created. Learn about the stories of women's involvement in the great number of paintings in ...
Artemisia visits Glasgow Women’s Library
The first location for the series of visits of Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ is Glasgow Women’s Library.
Artemisia Visits - the full journey
In 2019 Artemisia’s 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria' visited some unusual and unexpected venues including a school in Newcastle, a GP's surgery in Pocklington and prison in Surrey. See the full journey here.
Artemisia visits a prison
Artemisia's fourth and penultimate visit is to HM Prison Send, a women's prison near Woking.