The Nation’s Gallery now open, and ready when you are
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Picture of the month: Monet's 'Poplars'
Voted your picture of the month: Monet's favourite view of poplars on a river in Normandy
Make and create: printing on fabric
This time, Bethan shows how fabric printing can be used to tell a story.
1 painting, many voices: Bacchus and Ariadne
From big cats to love at first sight, find out why people fall in love with Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'.
A curated look at beaches
Escape to the beach with Sarah as she shows us how artists have taken inspiration from the seaside.
Restoring Van Dyck's portrait of Charles I
How do you restore a painting that's over 3.5 metres tall? Over the last year, our Conservation and Scientific teams have been restoring one of our largest paintings, Van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'. Handily, we've filmed the whole process for you here.
Room 32 is now open!
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. Find out more about Room 32's major renovation programme.
5 minute meditation: Bonington's 'An Estuary in Northern France'
Escape to the sandy bank of a quiet shore for a slow look at 'An Estuary in Northern France'.
New dates for Artemisia are announced
'Artemisia' has been rescheduled to open this autumn. It will now open on 3 October 2020 and run until 24 January 2021. Tickets will go on sale in due course - subscribe to our emails to hear the latest news.
Make and Create: Making art together
Whether it be inviting your family and friends to join your artist's studio, or designing an exhibition at home, here are some ways you can get creative together
A curated look at: remembering
Join Priyesh as he takes a moment to focus on images for contemplation, and looks at the different ways paintings can help us commemorate those held dear.
One painting, many voices: Holbein's 'Ambassadors'
Grandiose. Monumental. Chas and Dave? Find out what people had to say about 'The Ambassadors'
A creepy crawl through the collection
Can you spot some of the bugs and critters hiding in our pictures?
5-minute meditation: Bonheur's 'The Horse Fair'
Join Christina Bradstreet from our Learning team for a slow look at 'The Horse Fair'.
Make and create: Self portraits
Learn how to make self portraits using different techniques, with Bethan and Gus the cat
A curated look at: Angels
Take off on a tour of angels in the Gallery with Joost Joustra, The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion.
One painting, many voices: Gainsborough's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'
From Jeremy Vine to a parish priest, find out why Gainsborough's painting has intrigued people for centuries.
A curated look at: Kindness
Join Christine Riding, The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, and Curator of British Paintings, as she shares her pick of paintings that tell stories of kindness, and describes how art and artists have supported hospitals and good causes.
5-minute meditation: Redon's 'Ophelia among the Flowers'
Take five minutes with Christina Bradstreet from our Learning team to look, slowly, at Redon's dream-like pastel.
Make and create: Construct your own still life
From humble pieces of fruit to epic tablescapes, watch how artist Nick Pace stages still-life scenes from household items.
10-minute talk from home: The home office
Step into Antonello da Messina's 'Saint Jerome in his Study'; a retreat of calm and solace
Make and create: Drawing Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'
Learn how to take your pencil for a walk, and other ways of drawing nature, with Educator Bethan.
5-minute meditation: Turner's 'Rain, Steam, and Speed'
Take five minutes to look slowly at Turner's painting of the Great Western Railway.
A curated look at: A day in the countryside
Let art take you to the countryside. Join Curatorial Fellow Lucy Chiswell as she follows the sun through three paintings of the outdoors.
Make and create: A collage inspired by Rousseau's 'Surprised!'
Watch along as Bethan Durie creates a jungle-inspired collage using materials you can find at home
A curated look at: Working from home
Coming to you from her living room, take a peek into paintings of people at home with Associate Curator Francesca.
Titian’s 'poesie' have more than their mythological theme in common; surrounding each one is huge, beautifully carved frame. Follow Peter Schade our Head of Framing into the workshop to hear how his team transformed planks of Italian timber into replica 17th-century frames fit for for a king.
Titian: Love, Desire, Death
Explore all of Titian’s mythological masterpieces together for the first time in nearly 500 years in our new exhibition.
Eight female artists from art history
From Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, who painted portraits of Marie Antoinette to Rachel Ruysch whose Dutch still life masterpieces often sold for more in her lifetime than Rembrandt's did in his, take a tour of some of the paintings painted by women in the National Gallery collection.
Shop 'Titian: Love, Desire, Death'
Hues of blues, sumptuous fabrics and classical myths, our gift range is a nod to our 'Titian: Love, Desire, Death' exhibition, which brings together all six of Titian’s ‘poesie’ paintings for the first time in 400 years.
Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age
Our exhibition on Nicolaes Maes is now open! From illicit goings-on in servants’ quarters to portraits of high society, Nicolaes Maes captured life upstairs and downstairs in the Dutch Golden Age. Want to learn more about one of Rembrandt's most talented students? You can with our exhibition catalogue.
How to spot your saints
Chemistry of colour
Why does green paint turn brown? Journey through a spectrum of colours with our Scientific Department as we explore some of the different pigments used in our paintings. First up, learn how Giovanni Bellini using malachite in 'The Agony in the Garden'.
Birds...and death in paintings
Birds have fascinated humans for millennia, partly for being able to do the one thing we can’t: fly! In paintings, birds can symbolise the link between life, death, and the spiritual realm. Watch as Ed, one of our Educators, explains what goldfinches, peacocks and doves symbolise in paintings.