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National Gallery Photo 2017-07-23 13:25

The costume depicted in this portrait suggests a date after 1460, perhaps around 1466. It also suggests that the sitter is a gentlewoman, rather than a member of the nobility:

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-23 09:14

André Derain spent the summer of 1905 at Collioure, a French seaside town near the Spanish border, working side-by-side with his friend Henri Matisse. Both artists painted Madame Matisse wearing this brilliant Japanese robe. This work is on display in Room 41, as part of our newly refurbished Woh...

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-22 14:16

Canaletto's 'The Stonemason's Yard' is considered one of his finest works. The informal nature of the scene and the unusual view across the Grand Canal suggest that it was made for a local Venetian patron rather than a foreign visitor to Venice:

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-22 09:04

Manon Balletti was the daughter of an actress in the Comédie Italienne company, and became engaged to Casanova at about the time the portrait was painted. In 1760 she married a more reputable though older suitor, the architect Jacques-François Blondel:

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-21 13:48

In 'A Street Show in Paris' by Gabriel-Jacques de Saint-Aubin, the characters Harlequin and Crispin are shown duelling on a simple stage. Street theatre was popular in 18th-century Paris, and these characters are from the 'commedia dell'arte' a popular form of comic theatre that origin...

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-20 13:24

This painting, signed on one of the stones to the left of the tree, is one of the most varied of Jan van der Heyden's architectural fantasies. The work was probably painted in the late 1660s and this is confirmed by the costume of the figures, which may have been painted by Adriaen van de Ve...

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-20 09:07

The sitter in this portrait is Alexander Mornauer, town clerk of Landshut in Bavaria between 1464 and 1488. He is identified by the letter he holds, which is addressed to him:

History of Taste: Degas and the French Impressionists

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas was born #OnThisDay in 1834. Discover how Degas's 'Beach Scene' came to be one of the first French Impressionist paintings to enter the Gallery's collection, the important role of changing tastes and the bequest of collector, Hugh Lane.

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-19 09:10

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas was born #OnThisDay in 1834. Degas is famous as a painter of ballet dancers, and the theme of the dance class or rehearsal was one of the preoccupations of his later career. This study hangs in Room 42:

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-18 14:06

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio died #OnThisDay in 1610. He painted 'Boy bitten by a Lizard' in about 1594-5. It's most unusual for a late 16th-century painting to show a figure so realistically in a moment of action, and for a still life to be so prominent:

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-18 09:10

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio died #OnThisDay in 1610. Characterised by their dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio's paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe. See his work, 'Salome receives the...

National Gallery Photo 2017-07-17 13:15

'A Knight with his Jousting Helmet' is an early work by Giovanni Battista Moroni, probably of the later 1550s. A brace on the soldier's left leg, the 'piede ferito' (wounded foot) that gives the painting its popular title, may indicate a wound sustained in a battle or a joust, ...
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