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How to spot your saints

Cleavers, poison and snakes, oh my! But what do they have to do with saints? Ed Dickenson explains all

Remarkable loan completes Titian’s mythological masterpiece series

An historic loan from the Wallace Collection will reunite Titian’s 'poesie' for the first time in more than four hundred years, going on display at the Gallery in March 2020 for Titian: Love, Death, Desire.

Help save a masterpiece for the nation

We have just seven weeks to raise the funds to purchase Orazio Gentileschi's ‘The Finding of Moses’ and keep it on free display, for everyone, for ever. As a charity, we depend on your generosity - no matter how large or small, your contribution is vital. Please donate today.

'Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece' in our Ground Floor Galleries

The Gallery becomes a painting studio, an imagined chapel and a room-sized experiment in this immersive exhibition that leads you through the mind of Leonardo da Vinci to explore his masterpiece, ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’. Book online and save, Members go free.

Filled with details of the painting, technical images, drawings and comparative works, our exhibition catalogue offers new insights into Leonardo's innovative approach. Buy it now for just £10.

Shop Christmas at The National Gallery

Get a head-start on the season and discover our Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, unusual decorations and much more.  

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'.

The first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin

'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits' spans Gauguin's early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia and shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait. On until 26 January 2020, book your tickets online and save, Members go free.

Gauguin Portraits in our online shop

Our bold and colourful gift range is inspired by Paul Gauguin’s portraits and the locations where they were painted. Shop the range now.

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.

Cranach and the Courtauld

The Courtauld Gallery might be closed for refurbishment but you can still see some of their paintings dotted around the Gallery, including Cranach's 'Adam and Eve' in Room 4.

Room 25: new art for a new nation

In Room 25 you can see prime examples of what were newly independent artistic genres, including landscape, still life, portraiture and scenes of 17th-century Dutch domestic life, including works by Hendrick ter Brugghen, one of the main Dutch followers of the Italian artist Caravaggio.

Room 19: land and water

Landscape has always played a vital role in painting, but it was in 16th-century Flanders that landscape evolved into an independent genre. Flemish immigrant artists introduced these recent developments to the fledgling Dutch Republic. It is thus that a country characterised by an ostensibly uninspiring flat landscape produced some of the greatest landscape painters in Western art. You can see some examples of these paintings in Room 19.

Dutch Portraits in Room 23

Dutch citizens from the newly affluent mercantile class were as keen to commission portraits of themselves and their families as were their aristocratic counterparts. Come along to Room 23 to see portraits by Frans Hals, Casper Netscher, Ferdinand Bol, and more.

The drama of Caravaggio

Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio's short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe. Get a taste for the drama with three of his paintings here.

Rembrandt's self portraits

Rembrandt painted more self portraits than any other 17th century artist and we have two of them in our collection. Compare and contrast his self portraits at age 34 and 63 here or come face to face with them in Room 22.

New loan: Cézanne's 'The Sea at L'Estaque'

Pop into Room 41 to see a new loan by Cézanne from a private collection. This work was painted when Cézanne was staying at L'Estaque, a fishing village near Marseille. He worked out-of-doors, focussing on the violent Mediterranean light and its ability to both enhance colours and flatten volumes.

"It's like a playing card", he wrote, "Red roofs against the blue sea".