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National Gallery Photo 2018-10-30 08:34

Featuring an array of blooms from peonies and poppies to hyacinths and roses, this monumental work is by Jan van Huysum. Van Huysum’s paintings commanded extraordinary prices during his lifetime and were collected by princes and aristocrats across Europe. The unusual shape of the canvas and the pe...

National Gallery Photo 2018-10-29 09:10

Our Delicious Art™ gift sets are perfect for Christmas and they are now available at Boots UK! From Bosschaert-inspired cake stands to Van Gogh-themed coffee sets, you can find it all in-store and online:

National Gallery Photo 2018-10-14 15:02

You can almost hear the waves crashing and the seagulls squawking in this tiny seascape by Peder Balke, measuring just 12cm wide. 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. Th...

National Gallery Photo 2018-10-09 18:48

With one arm on the back of a chair and the other arm akimbo, the unknown sitter in this portrait oozes a certain confidence. The artist, Bartholomeus van der Helst, has placed the sitter in front of a wall hung with drapery, with a view of the natural world. The glove is traditionally inter...

National Gallery Photo 2018-10-04 14:06

Our picture of the month is this swaggering double portrait by the leading Flemish painter, Anthony Van Dyck, of the two younger sons of the Duke of Lennox. The simplicity of the setting is juxtaposed with the flamboyance of the brothers’ clothes which may have been costumes created specifically...

National Gallery Photo 2018-10-03 09:57

This portrait is influenced by the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. The pose, with the hand touching the cheek, is derived from an ancient Roman fresco of a goddess, from Herculaneum. This may suggest that for the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Madam Moitessier represented the i...

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-12 09:05

Today is #AskACurator day on Twitter! Got a question for one of our curators? Tweet them to us using the hashtag and one of our curators will be on hand to answer them!

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-10 10:43

This richly clad girl, her clothes sewn with hundreds of pearls, is probably the exiled Dorothea, eldest daughter of King Christian II of Denmark, who was deposed in 1523. In her left hand she holds, upside down, a small armillary sphere. The hoops indicate the motions of the heavenly b...

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-09 13:17

Saskia van Uylenburgh, the daughter of a burgomaster of Leeuwarden in Friesland, married Rembrandt in 1634. Rembrandt painted this portrait of his wife in the year after their wedding. In showing Saskia as Flora, the Roman goddess of Spring, he reflected the contemporary fashion for Arcadian...

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-06 14:04

Sir George Beaumont was born #OnThisDay in 1753. Painter and collector, he promised to give his collection of pictures to the nation if a National Gallery was created, and was instrumental in our foundation. Learn more about the Beaumont Gift here:

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-04 14:52

Dressed in an elaborate and softly painted costume of gleaming green and orange, the lady in this portrait by Lorenzo Lotto directs attention to a drawing held in her left hand, which shows her Roman namesake, Lucretia:
Uncover the symbolism and psychological ...

National Gallery Photo 2018-09-03 15:51

The acrobat Miss La La caused a sensation when she performed at the Cirque Fernando in Paris. Here she is shown suspended from the rafters of the circus dome by a rope clenched between her teeth. Learn how Degas celebrated the creative freedom and skill of the aerialist, and enjoy a breathtaking f...
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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:

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

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: … 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: