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To celebrate Mother's Day, here is Louis Jean François Lagrenée's 'Maternal Affection'. Here, three women tend to two infants within a sunlit loggia. Depictions of motherhood became increasingly popular in the second half of the 18th century. See this painting in Room 33: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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You can see these two works in red chalk on paper, showing Michelangelo's designs for Sebastiano's 'The Raising of Lazarus', at 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano'. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The first design for Lazarus was adapted from Adam, given life through touch, in the Sistine Chapel's 'Creation of Man'. The revised design for the figure of Lazarus...
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03/25/2017 at 15:07. Facebook
'Willows' is the largest, and latest in date, of eight Charles-François Daubigny paintings in our collection. Depicting willows growing on the banks of a river, it shows the artist in the final decade of his career continuing to paint the luminous forest and riverside landscapes with which he had first established his reputation some three decades earlier: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Will you be visiting 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano' this weekend? Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This painting by Sebastiano del Piombo depicts either Judith (the Old Testament heroine who beheaded Holofernes) or Salome (who requested the beheading of John the Baptist). Both were common subjects at the time. The refinement of the woman's features and the...
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03/24/2017 at 15:45. Facebook
You can now watch the first of our Talks for All series, focusing on Botticelli's painting 'Venus and Mars', here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Caroline Campbell, The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, looks at some possible classical sources for this work and explores the reasons why it might have been painted for Botticelli's patron in Florence.
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This is your final weekend to see 'Australia's Impressionists', closing this Sunday 26 March: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Explore the light-filled landscapes of four innovative Australian Impressionists: Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Russell.
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'Australia's Impressionists' closes this Sunday 26 March. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This sketch of Trafalgar Square in London was painted by the artist Tom Roberts, who features in 'Australia's Impressionists'. Roberts visited London for a second time in the early twentieth century, when he painted this scene with his back to the National Gallery.
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03/23/2017 at 12:05. Facebook
Jacob Maris painted 'A Drawbridge in a Dutch Town' in about 1875. The town pictured has not been identified but it is not necessarily meant to be a particular place, as Maris did not greatly value topographical accuracy. See this painting in Gallery A: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Starting in September 2017 the MA in The Art Market and the History of Collecting is offered by The University of Buckingham and the National Gallery. The programme will investigate American and European art markets, and cultures of collecting from the Renaissance to the present day. Learn more about the course and how to apply here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/22/2017 at 14:10. Facebook
Anthony van Dyck was born #OnThisDay in 1599. He 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. His double portrait of Lord John Stuart and his brother, Lord Bernard Stuart hangs in Room 31: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Gallery B, our first new gallery in 26 years, and its special display, 'Rubens and Rembrandt' is now open. The new space forms part of our Ground Floor Galleries, where visitors can look forward to an exciting programme of displays and events. Learn more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/21/2017 at 18:17. Facebook
Gallery B, our first gallery in 26 years, opens today. Watch a Facebook Live tour of 'Rubens and Rembrandt', the first special display in the space with our Head of Education, Gill, and Associate Curator of Paintings 1600-1800, Francesca.
Learn more about our ground floor galleries here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/21/2017 at 13:06. Facebook
Nicolas Poussin painting 'Landscape with a Man scooping Water from a Stream' in about 1637. The landscape was probably executed for Cassiano dal Pozzo, a friend and patron of Poussin, or for Cassiano's younger brother, Carlo Antonio. In contrast to much of Poussin's work, the picture does not seem to be based on any literary sources. The painting hangs in Room 29: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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The winners of the 2018 and 2020 Fourth Plinth commissions are Michael Rakowitz's 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist' and Heather Phillipson's 'The End'. Watch our Young Producers explore these works here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
See the five Fourth Plinth proposals at our free exhibition in Annenberg Court, closing on 26 March: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/20/2017 at 16:32. Facebook
Narcisse-Virgilio Diaz de la Peña painted 'The Storm' in 1871. The painting, with its dramatic sky, bold brushwork and colour, is typical of Diaz's later work. Diaz was an inspiration to younger French artists, including the Impressionists. See this painting in Gallery A, open every Sunday: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/20/2017 at 13:05. Facebook
You can watch our curator's introduction to 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano' live on our YouTube channel here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano' is now open. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This detail comes from Sebastiano del Piombo's 'The Visitation', and depicts the moment when the unborn John the Baptist leapt for joy in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth, as she greeted her cousin Mary, pregnant with Jesus. See this painting, and many more works of art by the two...
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Don't miss 'Australia's Impressionists', closing next Sunday 26 March. Enjoy the light-filled landscapes of the Australian Impressionists in the first UK exhibition of its kind, showcasing four innovative artists: Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, and John Russell. Book now, Members go free: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Watch our Facebook Live tour of the exhibition with exhibition co-curator...
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This portrait of Henry Dawkins, MP for Southampton, was painted by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. Judging from the apparent age of the sitter, this pastel portrait dates from about 1750: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Book now and enjoy a rare opportunity to visit Longford Castle and its world-class art collection on one of our exclusive guided tours. The Longford Castle collection is one of the finest in the country, featuring paintings by Van Dyck, Claude, Reynolds, and Gainsborough. Learn more and book here: [ Bit.ly Link ]