This self-portrait by Rowanne Cowley, featured in our BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition, was made as part of a personal project to complete a portrait of each member of her family in one year. Crowley works as a full-time gardener and so family sittings and painting sessions have to be organised in the evenings or during bad weather around her work schedule.

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This self portrait by Rowanne Cowley featured in our BP Portrait Award

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Brian Leeson
Lilianna Gil
Antonio Maria Mora
Opening today in Room 3
1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The movement that subsequently spread across Europe was to have profound consequences in England, triggering centuries of religious reform, conflict and suppression setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the cultural,... View more »
Opening today in Room 3 1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

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Hannah Hill
David Ross
Free Family activities at the Gallery this summer holiday
From 24 July 2017

Free ticketed and drop-in Family sessions exploring the BP Portrait Award 2017 and the contemporary Collection. Workshops include painting, drawing and learning about how to judge a portrait competition.
Free Family activities at the Gallery this summer holiday

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Creative Connections: Nottingham opens today at Nottingham Contemporary in collaboration with National Portrait Gallery.

#CreativeConnections, is an initiative that pairs school students with an artist - together they explore the history of their local community using portraits from the Collection as inspiration. This year is the first time the project has developed outside of London.

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Creative Connections: Nottingham opens today at Nottingham Contemporary in colla

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Celebrating Jane Austen 200 here’s the novelist herself, born in Steventon, Hampshire, in 1775. This frank sketch by her sister and closest confidante Cassandra is the basis for a late nineteenth-century engraving, commissioned by Austen's nephew, which is to be featured on the new ten pound notes.
Celebrating Jane Austen 200 here’s the novelist herself born in Steventon Hampshire

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Mica Leverett
Iris Boudier
Ronaldo Mulcare Williams
Co-curators Tarnya Cooper and Charlotte Bolland talk about the process of researching and selecting the Gallery’s summer exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque portrait drawings.

Drawn from the holdings of British collections, The Encounter brings together exquisite observational drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, and Rembrandt, in a celebration of portrait drawing from... View more »
Co curators Tarnya Cooper and Charlotte Bolland talk about the process of

In Conversation: The Encounter: An Exhibition in the Making

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The Poets by Claire Eastgate is of Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales and Carol Ann Duffy, the current Poet Laureate.

Explore more of the work and see what else is on display at the BP Portrait Award 2017 here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The Poets by Claire Eastgate is of Gillian Clarke the National Poet

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Mark Grey
Planning a visit to The Encounter? Combine your ticket with Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London or a meal in the Portrait Restaurant: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Planning a visit to The Encounter Combine your ticket with Afternoon Tea

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Judy Hallonquist Beardall
Lisa Vanstone Davies
Guido Arrigo Bonaccorsi
Joshua Reynolds, Britain's leading portrait painter of the period, was born on this day in 1723. In his attempt to raise the status of portraiture, he created the 'Grand Manner' which borrowed from classical antiquity and the Old Masters to fill his portraits with moral and heroic symbolism.

We hold over fifty portraits by Reynolds in our Primary Collection, including this painting of writer... View more »
Joshua Reynolds Britain's leading portrait painter of the period was born on

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Ottilie Nichols
David Ross
Adrian Gaunt
"Justice and judgment lie often a world apart."

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester on this day in 1858. [ Ow.ly Link ]
"Justice and judgment lie often a world apart "

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Theresa Swinerd Jones
Lynda Everington
Jane Callaghan
"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is it will be well worth while, and will do you a world of good."

Inspired by our new exhibition The Encounter, read our guide on how to draw like a Renaissance master: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"Do not fail as you go on to draw something every day

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Jonathan Harris
David Ross
Guido Arrigo Bonaccorsi
"As has been said, you begin with drawing."
Cennino Cennini, The Craftsman’s Handbook, c. 1400

The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo to Rembrandt is now open! Explore more here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"As has been said you begin with drawing "

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Maria Cigarini
Steve Ramsden
Jon Sayer
"Wearing a fur-lined gown and a high-status black bonnet, Godsalve stares straight at us. It seems as if his eyes have swivelled in our direction only a split-second earlier. At a stroke, once we have connected with Godsalve’s gaze, the nearly 500 years since Holbein made this drawing dissolve into nothing. Poof! The gulf of half a millennium is gone."

Alastair Sooke on our new exhibition The... View more »
"Wearing a fur lined gown and a high status black bonnet Godsalve

The Encounter at the National Portrait Gallery: historical figures live in the moment - review

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Brigid Hayes
Kathy M M King
Anna Swindells
Our two summer exhibitions - the BP Portrait Award 2017 and The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt - both celebrate the unique bond between artist and sitter.

Find out more about them here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Our two summer exhibitions the BP Portrait Award 2017 and The Encounter:

The most intimate moments in art – portrait painters and their subjects laid bare on film and in exhibition

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Elaine Blaney
Diane Cook
"From peasants with sprouting beards to a swollen-faced Pope and lots of swaggering young men, this exhibition is like being shoved into a party full of characterful, unforgettable strangers."

Andrew Marr takes a first look at The Encounter, our new exhibition of Renaissance drawings, opening this week.
"From peasants with sprouting beards to a swollen faced Pope and lots

Andrew Marr on the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition

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Kathy M M King
"When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing."

Happy birthday David Hockney!
"When you are older you realise that everything else is just nothing
Raymond Bass
Angela Botha
Anna Tott
"I was a weird gay woman in a homophobic, misogynistic culture. It took me a long time to be able - rather than just trying to hide all those parts of myself - to realise that actually it's ok" (Kate Tempest)

Throughout Pride 2017 we're sharing quotations and stories from some of the inspirational LGBTQI figures in our Collection. Discover more in our Gallery book, Speak its Name!: [ Ow.ly Link ]
"I was a weird gay woman in a homophobic misogynistic culture It
Happy Pride 2017! We're celebrating the many inspirational LGBTQI figures in our Collection: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Happy Pride 2017 We're celebrating the many inspirational LGBTQI figures in our
Louise Dowdell
The Encounter is the Guardian's exhibition of the week! See drawing masterpieces from da Vinci, Holbein and Rembrandt in our new show, open from next Thursday.
The Encounter is the Guardian's exhibition of the week See drawing masterpieces

Portrait power, black power and flower power – the week in art

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Sara Neill
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"Nobody really knows why some children, boys and girls, discover in themselves the inexpungable belief that, despite all the physical evidence, they are really of the opposite sex... It is not a sexual mode or preference. It is not an act of sex at all. It is a passionate, lifelong, ineradicable conviction, and no true trans-sexual has ever been disabused of it." (Jan Morris)

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"Nobody really knows why some children boys and girls discover in themselves
Stuart Morle
Lrita Zelman
Jennifer Drake