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Cécile B. Evans on Salvator Rosa's 'Witches at their Incantations'
Evans draws a comparison between the themes of their own work and those of Salvator Rosa with curator Daniel Herrmann
A first look at 'The Red Boy'
Paul Ackroyd introduces Lawrence's 'Red Boy' – a work so popular it was the first-ever painting to feature on a British postage stamp
September 2021: The Horse Fair
At a time when we would have been celebrating Pride in London, we look at the work of trailblazing artist Rosa Bonheur
Cleaning the 'lost altarpiece'
Britta New and Nelly von Aderkas discuss the cleaning of a Renaissance altarpiece that was hidden in an Italian wood store for many years
Jan van Eyck's 'Portrait of a Man (Self Portrait?)
Join Emma Capron as she wonders whether we can take this portrait at face value
Jan van Huysum Visits
Learn how the visit of 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' to a food bank in Lincoln helped bring the local community together
August 2021: The Avenue at Middelharnis
You voted for Hobbema's unusual, carefully composed landscape as your picture of the month
The unfashionable artist who inspired Van Gogh
Discover Adolphe Monticelli, an artist admired in his lifetime, who inspired Van Gogh's famous 'Sunflowers', but who later fell out of fashion
Anthony van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'
The muscular horse, the shiny armour, what's this portrait really saying and why?
Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
Pause and take 5 minutes with a mindful look at Van Huysum's still life
July 2021: Wineglasses
This languid summer scene by Singer Sargent is not as informal as it first appears
Restoring an 'undisplayable' painting: Part two
How do you restore a work with a 'snowstorm' of painting loss?
Luca Giordano's 'Perseus turning Phineas and his Followers to Stone'
Letizia Treves explains why some characters in this huge painting look decidedly off colour
Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
See 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' through the eyes of a florist, potter, scribe and ornithologist
Matejko's 'Copernicus'
Discover the painting described as Poland's national icon
June 2021: The Mantelpiece (La Cheminée)
What does Vuillard’s mantelpiece reveal about the artist?
Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
Lucy Chiswell gets her gardening gloves on for some time with van Huysum's flowers.
Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part three
How can we identify Botticelli's hand from that of his assistant, Filippino Lippi's?
Andy Holden on Murillo's 'Self Portrait'
Take a journey through artist and musician Andy’s reflections on self image, illusion, meta-painting and cartoon realities... all in connection to Murillo’s 'Self Portrait'.
A new virtual exhibition for 2021
Visit a virtual space showing a selection of paintings chosen and narrated by our Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi.
The Partnership between Southampton City Art Gallery and the National Gallery:
May 2021: Late Afternoon in our Meadow
Pissarro's shimmering afternoon in the countryside has been voted your picture of the month
Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part two
Watch Jill Dunkerton as she retouches a Renaissance masterpiece
Luca Signorelli's 'The Circumcision'
Joost Joustra tells us about Signorelli's striking and unusual altarpiece
An experimental, interactive experience designed for mobiles
Immerse yourself in the world of Gossaert’s masterpiece ‘The Adoration of the Kings’ and its awe-inspiring intricate detail
April 2021: Venice: The Feast Day of Saint Roch
Canaletto's tribute to the saint who helped bring an end to the plague
Hieronymus Bosch's 'Christ Mocked'
Emma Capron looks at something a little different by Hieronymus Bosch: an episode from the Easter story, arranged in a striking new way.
Harold Offeh on Botticelli's 'Venus and Mars'
Offeh chats to curator Priyesh Mistry about Botticelli's iconic painting in relation to his own artistic practise.
Retouching Rubens's 'Het Steen'
After months of restoration, Larry Keith unveils the newly retouched 'Het Steen' in the Conservation Studio
March 2021: Stormy Landscape with Ruins on a Plain
A solitary walk through Georges Michel's brooding landscape
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: 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
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Jan van Huysum Visits

This summer, Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' travelled across the UK. Learn about the tour and watch our short films exploring the painting from different perspectives. 

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Behind the scenes

Find out what happens behind closed doors in this series of films that look at how we care for and conserve our paintings.

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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.

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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.

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Make and create

Get stuck in with online art tutorials you can follow at home.

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A curated look

Short talks from our curators, filmed from their homes for you to enjoy in yours.

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5-minute meditation

Let go of thoughts of the past and worries for the future with a mindful look at one painting.

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On-demand films for Members
Exclusive films for Members to watch on-demand
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Latest films

32 videos

Jan van Eyck's self portrait in 10 minutes or less


Cleaning the 'Lost Altarpiece' that was found in a woodshed


5-minute meditation: Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'


A scientific investigation of Botticelli's 'Adoration'


Luca Giordano's 'Perseus' in 10 minutes


One painting, many voices


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


Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' in 10 minutes


Hieronymus Bosch's 'Christ Mocked' in 10 minutes


Cleaning Rubens's 'Het Steen'


Rembrandt's 'A Woman Bathing in a Stream' in 10 minutes


Gossaert in 10 minutes


One painting, many voices


Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting


Van Kessel's insect paintings in 10 minutes


Cochineal beetles in art


Make and create: Art ideas for little ones under 5


Renovating the largest room in the Gallery


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


A curated look at: kindness


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


A curated look at: A day in the countryside


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


A curated look at: working from home


Love and Punishment


Cleavers, poison and snakes


Eight female artists from art history


Cleaning Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'


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


A structural repair of Rubens's Het Steen


What we discovered beneath the frame


Van Dyck's 'Charles I' in 10 minutes

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