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Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part one
What was hiding beneath the frame for nearly two centuries?
Salvatore Settis: Deeper thoughts
Eminent archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis delivers this year's annual lecture.
The Gallery during lockdown
Peek behind our closed doors, with Larry Keith
After centuries apart, two Rubens masterpieces will be brought back together. We go behind the scenes to find out more
Rembrandt's 'A Woman bathing in a Stream (Hendrickje Stoffels?)'
Could this be Rembrandt's lover and why did Rembrandt choose this setting? Join Bart as he offers some answers
February 2021: View of Oudewater
A slow look at this scene of everyday life in a small Dutch town
A structural repair of Rubens's 'Het Steen'
How will Britta New meet the challenge of repairing Rubens's fragile panel which has survived centuries' worth of restorations and one very severe frost?
Cosimo Tura's 'A Muse (Calliope?)'
Imogen Tedbury decodes Tura's mythical goddess
Gina Siciliano and Letizia Treves in conversation
Artist Gina Siciliano discusses her graphic novel 'I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi' with curator of the Gallery’s 'Artemisia' exhibition, Letizia Treves
January 2021: The Drunkard
Sorolla's penetrating but compassionate observation of drinkers in a Basque tavern
Cleaning Rubens's 'Het Steen'
Find out what Larry Keith discovered when he removed 75 years’ worth of discoloured varnish from Rubens’s 'Het Steen'
Gossaert's 'The Adoration of the Kings'
Susan Foister looks at Gossaert's vibrant masterpiece
Bellows's 'Men of the Docks'
Can you spot the cupcake, jazzy jumper, and orange thingy? See 'Men of the Docks' through the eyes of schoolchildren
December 2020: Snow Scene at Argenteuil
Monet's scene of a Parisian suburb under snow has been voted your picture of the month
Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting
Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old
Van Gogh's 'Wheatfield, with Cypresses'
Feel the mistral of Southern France in Van Gogh's rhythmic brushstrokes
Velázquez's 'The Rokeby Venus'
Mysterious, forbidden, provocative... why does 'The Rokeby Venus' divide visitors?
November 2020: Insects with Common Hawthorn and Forget-Me-Not
Van Kessel the Elder's cabinet of curiosities has been voted your picture of the month
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
Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part two
How did Jill Dunkerton retouch this Renaissance masterpiece?
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Cleaning Rubens's 'Het Steen'

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5-minute meditation: Van Gogh's Wheatfield, with Cypresses

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4:56

Gossaert in 10 minutes

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7:29

One painting, many voices

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9:23

Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting

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A curated look: why artists painted on copper

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10:56

One painting, many voices

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11:38

A curated look at: alcohol in painting

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Van Kessel's insect paintings in 10 minutes

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10:47

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

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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: 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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A structural repair of Rubens's Het Steen

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