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Memories of the Gallery and Manod
How did we trace these portraits in London to a poet in New Orleans?
Eddie Otchere on Hendrick ter Brugghen's 'The Concert'
Reuniting 400-year-old marriage portraits
Picture of the month October 2023
The gory story of 'The Judgement of Zaleucus'
Picture of the month September 2023
Solving the mystery of a Frans Hals portrait
Picture of the month August 2023
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Céline Condorelli on Pontormo's 'Joseph with Jacob in Egypt'
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Facts you might not know from the National Gallery’s history
Cleaning Paolo Uccello's 'The Battle of San Romano'
Picture of the month May 2023
Watch as art handlers move one of our largest paintings
Picture of the month April 2023
See your favourite paintings in a new light
The Ugly Duchess
Picture of the month March 2023
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
And why could the woman in this painting be either Judith or Salome?
Picture of the month February 2023
Behind the scenes of an Early Renaissance rehang
Picture of the month January 2023
Alketa Xhafa Mripa on Artemisia Gentileschi's self portrait
and what does this tell us about transcendence?
Chantal Joffe on Titian's 'Diana and Callisto'
A special display
Picture of the month December 2022
Behind the scenes
Dance to the Music of Our Time
Women artists in the collection
Trailblazers and rule-breakers; discover some of the female artists in the collection including Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Rosa Bonheur.
'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' travelled across the UK to a series of unexpected locations, including a food bank, walled garden and covered market. See how people responded to the painting in our short films.
One painting, many voices
From recreating 'Mr and Mrs Andrews' for a wedding invitation to adapting a Titian for the cover of a top-selling album, find out how one painting can mean very different things to different people.
Read and watch our highlight series below or browse our archive of features and films
Make and create
Get stuck in with online art tutorials you can follow at home.
A curated look
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.
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Go behind the scenes as our art handlers have the task of moving and rehanging Sebastiano's huge 'Raising of Lazarus'. This picture was the first ever painting in our collection.
The Sainsbury Wing galleries are closed until 2025 while we carry out our NG200 building work to mark our Bicentenary and transform your visitor welcome.
Britta New reveals surprising discoveries about 'The Ugly Duchess' and how the painting links Leonardo da Vinci to 'Alice in Wonderland'.
The two candidates for the subject of this painting share many attributes but their drastic actions have very different motives. Join Maria Alambritis, our Vivmar Curatorial Fellow, as she unpacks this ambiguity to discover what it tells us about the...
Join Gallery Educator Fiona Alderton to look at a work you might not expect to find at the National Gallery: a huge painting, called 'Messengers', by the British artist Bridget Riley. The work, which was unveiled in 2019, spans two walls of the Annen...
Curator Laura Llewellyn works with art handlers to arrange and hang a selection of 15th-century Italian paintings in Room 14.
Snakes for arms; scaly, avian legs; and moth-like wings, find out why this late-Gothic demon was the stuff of nightmares in its day with Daniel Sobrino Ralston, CEEH Associate Curator for Spanish Paintings.
Restorer Paul Ackroyd removes the aged, discoloured varnish from Frans Hals’ ‘Portrait of a Middle-Aged Woman with Hands Folded’.
Daniel Sobrino Ralston, our CEEH Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings, goes behind the frame of Murillo's 'Self Portrait' and asks what could be on Murillo's mind as he paints himself? https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/stories/10-minute-talks-muri...
Paul Ackroyd, restorer, is cleaning 'The Red Boy', an iconic painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence. It was so popular it was the first-ever painting to feature on a British postage stamp.
Associate Curator Laura Llewellyn discusses 'Portrait of a Young Man' by Sandro Botticelli, and explores how he revolutionised portraits.
Britta New and Nelly von Aderkas discuss the cleaning of a Renaissance altarpiece that was hidden in an Italian wood store for many years.
Emma Capron, Associate Curator of Renaissance Painting, explores what made Jan van Eyck such an extraordinary painter.
A five-minute slow-looking exercise to enjoy the details of Van Gogh's 'Wheatfield, with Cypresses'.
Find out what Larry Keith discovered when he removed 75 years’ worth of discoloured varnish from Rubens’s 'Het Steen': https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/behind-the-scenes/cleaning-rubens-het-steen
Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old.
Grandiose. Monumental. Chas and Dave? Find out what people had to say about Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'.
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.
This content was filmed in 2019.
Watch along as Bethan, one of our Educators, creates a jungle-inspired work of art using just materials you can find at 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.
Cleavers, poison and snakes, oh my! But what do they have to do with saints?
Fiona Alderton takes a tour of some of the paintings painted by women in the National Gallery collection, including:
This Christmas, we're excited to unveil Piero della Francesca’s ‘Nativity’ following its three-year restoration, and cast new light on some of the long-standing questions about the painting.