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National Gallery Photo 2018-02-25 12:43

Dame Myra Hess was born #OnThisDay in 1890. A British pianist, Hess became famous for her lunchtime concerts that she organised here at the Gallery, during the Second World War. From October 1939 there were daily performances from Monday to Friday, every week of the year and even during the ...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-25 11:08

Renoir was born #OnThisDay in 1841. He was a leading figure of the Impressionist group and evolved a technique of broken brushstrokes and bold complimentary colours to capture light and movement. 'The Skiff (La Yole)' is a sunny and vivid example of this: http://bit.ly/2sHEiZe
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National Gallery Photo 2018-02-24 15:25

Psychological drama, vivid colours, and most importantly a convex mirror. Learn about the inspirations behind the Pre-Raphaelite movement at 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites', on until 2 April: http://bit.ly/2uSO363
The original model portrayed in William Holman...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-24 10:05

As part of BBC Arts's 'Civilisations' festival, our free exhibition 'Manod: The Nation's Treasure Caves' will explore a remarkable chapter in our history when, during the Second World War, our paintings were stored in a disused slate mine in Wales. Opens 5 March in Annenberg Cour...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-23 13:13

There is so much detail to uncover in 'The Courtyard of a House in Delft' by Pieter de Hooch from 1658. The carefully observed architecture, the decayed garden wall and the passage that leads to the street and beyond: http://bit.ly/2EUFVaT
The stone tablet over the doorway was orig...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-23 11:07

Sir Joshua Reynolds, the leading English portraitist of the 18th century, died #OnThisDay in 1792. Through studying ancient and Italian Renaissance art, and of the work of Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck, he brought great variety and dignity to British portraiture. Like many of Reynolds'...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-22 12:47

'Common with Stormy Sunset' by Narcisse-Virgilio Diaz de la Peña is full of energy. Artists of the Barbizon School often used small wood panels like this one when they wanted to work out of doors directly in front of their chosen motif. Using wood panels allowed the painter to move quickly from one...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-22 10:20

'After the Bath' is a preparatory study Degas made in the last years of his life, when he was working on a sequence of lithographs of a bather drying her hip. Degas has patched on three additional pieces of paper along the top, right and bottom edges of the drawing, as he often did. The ad...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-21 14:08

'The Brazen Serpent' by Rubens shows Moses on the left, with the hooded Eleazar beside him, calling to the people of Israel who are being attacked by a plague of serpents that God sent them because of their sinfulness. It has been suggested that the woman at the right of centre in black may ...

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There's only 1 week to go until 'Murillo: The Self Portraits' opens in Room 1. Marking the 400th anniversary of his birth, this free exhibition reunites the two known ‘Self Portraits’ by the artist: one of Murillo in his thirties from The Frick Collection, and the other from our collec...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-20 12:14

A striking use of light and dark. This intriguing painting of 'A Man seated reading at a Table in a Lofty Room' around 1628-30, is thought to have been painted by an early, perhaps contemporary, follower of Rembrandt. The artist has imitated the style of Rembrandt's early years (1625-3...

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-20 10:21

See John Everett Millais's 'Mariana' in our Sunley Room exhibition, 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites', on until 2 April. Members go free, book online and save: http://bit.ly/2uSO363
Mariana, who appears in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and in a poem ...
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Photo 2018-02-25 16:29

Cecilia Beaux’s two-year-old niece and favorite model, Ernesta Drinker (1892–1981), clutches the hand of her nurse, Mattie, whose figure is boldly cropped at the waist. The radical composition and free brushwork reflect Beaux’s appreciation of paintings by Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. Moving at her toddler’s pace across a wide expanse of polished floor, Ernesta is a spiritual descendant of Diego Velázquez’s royal children, simultaneously dignified and vulnerable. Mattie’s hand serves as a universal symbol of protection and security, and the large expanse of her apron sets the scale for the child’s diminutive figure. http://met.org/2oqpWb0 Featured Artwork of the day: Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942) | Ernesta (Child with Nurse) | 1894

National Gallery Photo 2018-02-25 12:43

Dame Myra Hess was born #OnThisDay in 1890. A British pianist, Hess became famous for her lunchtime concerts that she organised here at the Gallery, during the Second World War. From October 1939 there were daily performances from Monday to Friday, every week of the year and even during the Blitz: http://bit.ly/2sIsWUP Myra Hess's aim was to make classical music available to all and her concerts were a roaring success – long queues always formed outside the Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The concerts did much to boost the morale of Londoners at a time of 'cultural black-out' and were attended by a total of 750,000 people over six and a half years. Find out more about her extraordinary life here: http://bit.ly/2sJk0P8

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-02-25 01:02

Most people know about bioluminescence in fireflies—but this ability to generate light through a chemical reaction is also found in bacteria, fungi, and in organisms throughout the ocean, where at certain depths, nearly all living things glow. Different species use these biological lights in a variety of ways, including camouflage, communication, and hunting. Want an idea of what it’s like to swim among these flashy sea critters? Stop by the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life tomorrow for the Milstein Science Series, featuring blacklight puppet performances at 11 am and 4 pm. More info: https://goo.gl/mnYTwj Photo: Gert-Jan Mes