Read and watch stories inspired by our paintings

Detail from Le Nain Brothers, The Adoration of the Shepherds, about 1640
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This December we look at the Le Nain brothers' Christmas scene
Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1615-17
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Read about our exciting new acquisition – a recently discovered self portrait 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.