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Drinking
Christopher Riopelle takes a look at paintings of drinking and conviviality in the last of our curators talks from home
Picking up the baton
With the Gallery closed to the public for the first time in its 196-year history, we collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to showcase art and music with a nod to Dame Myra Hess
October 2020: Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
A soaring aerialist performs a magnificent feat but does this striking painting celebrate the performer or the painter himself?
Gallen-Kallela's 'Lake Keitele'
Take a moment to soak in the serenity of this tranquil Finnish lake
Close up
Letizia Treves takes a closer look at some of our smaller paintings on copper
September 2020: Margate (?) from the Sea
Turner's animated sketch of sea and sky has been voted your picture of the month
Playing with water
Art ideas for little ones under 5
Red lakes
Journey through a spectrum of colours with our Scientific Department as we explore some of the different pigments used in our paintings
Zurbarán's 'A Cup of Water and a Rose'
Find quiet contemplation and wonder in the familiar with Zurbarán's simple still life
August 2020: Poplars on the Epte
Voted your picture of the month: Monet's favourite view of poplars on a river in Normandy
Printing on fabric
Bethan demonstrates how fabric printing can be used to tell a story
Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
Unforgettable, beautiful, perfect... Hear why people fall in love with Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
Beaches
Sarah Herring takes us to the seaside with paintings of the coast
Bonington's 'An Estuary in Northern France'
Escape to the sandy bank of a quiet shore
Find out more about Room 32's major renovation programme made possible through the generous support of Julia and Hans Rausing, after whom the gallery has been named
Remembering
Priyesh Mistry reflects on paintings that pay tribute to and commemorate loved ones
Making art together
Bethan explores the idea of collaboration, with a little help from her friends
Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'
Grandiose. Monumental. Chas and Dave? Find out what people had to say about 'The Ambassadors'
July 2020: A Regatta on the Grand Canal
Canaletto's view of Venice's famous canal has been voted your picture of the month
Can you spot some of the bugs and critters hiding in our pictures?
Bonheur's 'The Horse Fair'
Can you hear the thunder of hooves and smell the horse market?
Self portraits
Learn how to make self portraits using different techniques, with Bethan and Gus the cat
Gainsborough's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
From Jeremy Vine to a parish priest, find out why Gainsborough's painting has intrigued people for centuries
June 2020: Self Portrait in a Straw Hat
Voted your picture of the month: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun's intriguing self portrait
Angels
Joost Joustra decodes paintings of angels
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
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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

Behind the scenes
Women artists in the collection

Latest films

37 videos

A curated look: why artists painted on copper

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5-minute meditation: Zurbarán's 'A Cup of Water and a Rose'

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Cochineal beetles in art

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Make and create: Art ideas for little ones under 5

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A curated look at: beaches

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Renovating the largest room in the Gallery

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Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne: from big cats to love at first sight

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5-minute meditation: Bonington's 'An Estuary in Northern France'

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Make and create: pattern making

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Make and create: Making art together

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Holbein's Ambassadors: theories, questions and what you need to know

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Make and create: Self portraits

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A curated look at: angels

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11:56

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

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4:56

A curated look at: kindness

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One painting, many voices

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Make and create: Construct your own still life

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

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'Saint Jerome in his Study' in 10 minutes

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

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A curated look at: A day in the countryside

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

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A curated look at: working from home

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Love and Punishment

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Cleavers, poison and snakes

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Birds and death in paintings

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

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Restoring Leonardo's 'The Virgin of the Rocks'

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

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Eight female artists from art history

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

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Cleaning Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'

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

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The women who shaped our collection

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Artemisia visits Glasgow Women’s Library

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Artemisia Visits - the full journey

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Artemisia visits a prison

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