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National Gallery Photo 2018-08-19 10:25

Trying to get all the kids to stay still for a family portrait seems like a familiar struggle, even when this was painted by Coques in 1664. All the children seem occupied, with one playing with a bird and another with an instrument. The older girl is picking roses in the background. As they are...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-16 08:00

The story is told of Saint Eustace that while out hunting he saw a stag with a Crucifix between its antlers and was converted to Christianity. Pisanello has used both drawings from pattern books as well as studies from life for the animals and birds which appear in the landscape. Spot the wildlife i...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-13 13:22

City by city, explore the Italian Renaissance through paintings from our collection and beyond in our six introductory lectures. You can pick and select what courses interest you most, from the art of Rome, classical painting in Urbino to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan. The first one begins on 19 ...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-11 09:55

A cluster of green, fertile trees dominate this painting by Narcisse-Virgilio Diaz de la Peña. Diaz was a leading artist of the Barbizon School. He worked mainly in the Forest of Fontainebleau, which appears to be the inspiration for this picture. In the 19th century it was the place to go for any ...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-08 13:43

A slight turn of the head shows in remarkable simplicity the liveliness of Manon Balletti, the daughter of an actress in the Comédie Italienne company, who became engaged to Casanova. A veil attached by a brooch in her hair encloses the left side of the portrait where a string of pearls is visible,...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-08 09:16

A grand south view of the Huis ten Bosch (the House in the Wood), built just outside of The Hague in 1645-52. Captured in time by Heyden, the building and gardens have been substantially altered. The house is most famous for the central hall (Oranjezaal) with its wall paintings by noted ...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-07 09:12

A luminous willow on the river bank. The dancing flickers of orange glow through the trees, low on the river, giving us a sense that the sun is setting. This is the largest, and latest in date, of eight Daubigny paintings in the collection, and sees the artist going back to his familiar st...

National Gallery Photo 2018-08-05 09:53

The train on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad steams towards us, in contrast to the raft moving slowly upstream. The dark, moody clouds rolling past over the mountains with the faint trace of a rainbow in the distance shows us that rain has just fallen. George Inness painted sever...

National Gallery Photo 2018-07-31 09:12

Stems and tendrils burst out from the colourful bouquet, adding movement and dynamism to this composition by de Heem. The roundness of the marble pedestal, the glass vase and even the insects are gloriously emphasised. The bright colours of the flowers are expertly distributed. The red of the tu...

National Gallery Photo 2018-07-26 08:09

Escape the heat and get some fresh air on the Austrian Alps in Room 46. Petersen sketched this view on his way to Italy in September 1850 on a scholarship from the Danish Academy. He focused on the play of light on the mountains and the atmospheric effect of the clouds, leaving the foreground bare...

National Gallery Photo 2018-07-25 13:27

A grinning old man holds an ornate pilgrim bottle in his hand. Perhaps he is the Greek philosopher Democritus, who is often shown grinning, worldly wise, at a globe that represents the world. Once thought to be Spanish, a recent attribution to Pietro Bellotti (1627 - 1700) has been propo...

National Gallery Photo 2018-07-23 14:16

Bacchus, god of wine, emerges with his followers from the landscape to the right. Falling in love with Ariadne on sight, he leaps from his chariot, drawn by two cheetahs, towards her. The picture shows her initial fear of Bacchus, but he raised her to heaven and turned her into a constel...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ