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Orazio Riminaldi died #OnThisDay in 1631. This painting of Cupid asleep in a landscape was inspired by Caravaggio's celebrated 'Sleeping Cupid', and can be seen in our exhibition 'Beyond Caravaggio'. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
In about 1644, David Teniers the Younger painted a series of four small paintings on copper shows the seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Here 'Winter' depicts an old man wearing a fur cap and mantle, and warming himself near a brazier: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Need an escape from winter? Come and see our exhibition 'Australia's Impressionists', and enjoy dazzling landscapes like this luminous work by Charles Conder. A true work of plein-air painting, there are grains of sand trapped in the paint.
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From a creation myth to a story of love at first sight, learn how stars are associated with the gods and goddesses of Classical mythology in a new episode of our Star Trail series. #ArtStarTrail
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Anthony van Dyck died #OnThisDay in 1641. Van Dyck was the most important Flemish painter of the 17th century after Rubens, whose works influenced the young Van Dyck. He also studied and was profoundly influenced by the work of Italian artists, above all, Titian. This portrait depicts Cornelis van der Geest, a successful Antwerp spice merchant and an important patron of the arts and a...
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12/08/2016 at 15:10. Facebook
Alfred Sisley probably painted 'The Watering Place at Marly-le-Roi' in 1875. Sisley lived in Marly-le-Roi, west of Paris, from 1875-77. There he painted numerous pictures of the elegant watering-place, one of the few remains of Louis XIV's summer palace, which was destroyed in 1793. You can see the painting in Room 41: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/08/2016 at 12:51. Facebook
It’s one week to go until our fantastic festive film screenings, in association with Leffe. For a limited time we are celebrating with a special Christmas gift – 25% off full price and Members tickets. Until 5pm on Monday 12 December, tickets will be just £26 (£21 for Members). Book now: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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National Gallery
12/08/2016 at 10:04. Facebook
Peder Balke painted 'The Tempest' in about 1862. Balke was among the first artists to paint the far north of his native Norway. By the 1860s, lack of commercial success led him to give up painting professionally. The small scenes he then executed for his own pleasure are now recognised as highly original improvisations: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/07/2016 at 14:15. Facebook
The objects depicted on the upper shelf in Hans Holbein the Younger's 'The Ambassadors' include a celestial globe, a portable sundial and various other instruments used for understanding the heavens and measuring time. Learn more about the use of these instruments with Royal Observatory Greenwich in 'Star Gazing', the latest episode in our Star Trail video series: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/07/2016 at 10:05. Facebook
'Australia's Impressionists' is now open. From ‘snapshots’ of life in the rapidly teeming cities of Melbourne and Sydney to dazzling landscapes of coast and bushland, enjoy the perfect escape from the cold and darkness of winter. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/06/2016 at 15:30. Facebook
Watch our online tour of ‘Australia’s Impressionists’ with exhibition co-curator Christopher Riopelle.
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12/06/2016 at 14:04. Facebook
Giovanni Battista Moroni painted 'Portrait of a Lady' in about 1556-60. The fashionable costume suggests the date for this picture. The sitter may be Lucia Albani, who married Faustino Avogadro of Brescia in 1550. She holds an early form of fan in her left hand: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/06/2016 at 10:14. Facebook
Luis Meléndez painted this picture at the time when he was hopeful of becoming court painter, having very recently completed a series of still lifes for the Prince of Asturias, the son of Charles III. He was, however, unsuccessful. 'Still Life with Oranges and Walnuts' hangs in Room 39: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/05/2016 at 14:10. Facebook
In this painting by Olivier van Deuren, the young astronomer holds a celestial globe with constellations shown in the form of animals. Among those visible are some of the northern and zodiacal constellations including Ursa Major and Leo: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Explore how artists have conveyed their understanding of our place in the universe with 'Star Gazing', the second episode in our Star Trail...
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12/05/2016 at 10:10. Facebook
Isack van Ostade specialised in the depiction of winter scenes. This outstanding example is difficult to date with any certainty within the artist's short working life. It seems that, generally, he was more interested in outdoor scenes in his later years: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/04/2016 at 15:25. Facebook
Have you noticed the Anrep mosaics set into the floor of our Portico entrance before? Between 1928 and 1952, artist Boris Anrep was commissioned to lay three mosaic pavements, celebrating everyday life. One of the mosaic pavements, 'The Labours of Life' features a scene depicting an astronomer peering into the night sky. Learn more about these mosaic pavements and how artists have conveyed...
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12/04/2016 at 12:05. Facebook
Escape the darkness of winter for the light-filled landscapes of 'Australia's Impressionists' by visiting our exhibition opening next week. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
In this bright and visually intense painting by John Peter Russell, the artist show his interest in the changing light and colour effects at different times of day.
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12/04/2016 at 11:05. Facebook
You can see Caravaggio's stunning painting 'Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness' as part of our exhibition 'Beyond Caravaggio'. Book now to stand before this work of extraordinary intensity in person: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/03/2016 at 17:26. Facebook
Join as a Member and enjoy a range of exclusive events in the Gallery including a preview day of 'Australia's Impressionists', our Members' Christmas party, and more. Learn more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
You can also give the gift of art this Christmas with Gift Membership, the perfect gift for art lovers: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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12/03/2016 at 14:10. Facebook
Join us on 12 January to experience the international artistic phenomenon of Caravaggism at a special evening viewing of our exhibition 'Beyond Caravaggio'. This event provides a unique opportunity to see the exhibition after hours when the Gallery is closed to the public. Learn more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]