A world first: uniting Titian's 'poesie'. From 20-24 January, watch live as experts from the National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, The Prado, Apsley House and The Wallace collection virtually unite Titian's series of mythological paintings.
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Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age
Picture of the Month: The Baptism of Christ
The earliest surviving work by 15th-century Tuscan painter, Piero della Francesca, shows an important moment in the history of Christianity
Gauguin Portraits in our online shop
Looking to learn more about Gauguin? Our exhibition catalogue is now available for just £12.
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
From Botticelli to Michelangelo, this exhibition reveals how Bomberg’s rebellious, youthful works drew inspiration from the paintings he most admired in the Gallery. Now open in Room 1. Learn more about the artist with our exhibition catalogue.
15 years after discovering a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks, we uncover more of the mystery.
How to spot your saints
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.
'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.
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.
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
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".