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The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square
in London The National Gallery displays over 2000 Western
Europe...
History
At the beginning of the
19th century, king
George IV realized that
many European cities
had opened impressive
art ...
George IV did not want Britain
to be left behind so in 1824 he
pushed a reluctant government
into purchasing the house of ...
The Building
The neoclassical building that now houses the museum
was completed in 1838 after a much-criticized design by
...
Plans to replace the building were never realized and in
1876 the museum was expanded with a new east wing. In
the mid 198...
The Collection
The National Gallery's collection includes European paintings from
the 13th to the 19th century. The works ...
17th Century paintings from Italy, Flanders, Spain and the Netherlands
are displayed in the North wing and features works ...
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The National Gallery

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The National Gallery

  1. 1. The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square in London The National Gallery displays over 2000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. The pictures in the collection belong to the public and admission to see them is free. There are special exhibitions, lectures, video and audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults.
  2. 2. History At the beginning of the 19th century, king George IV realized that many European cities had opened impressive art museums to the public, such as the Louver in Paris the Vatican museums in Rome and the Uffizi in Florence.
  3. 3. George IV did not want Britain to be left behind so in 1824 he pushed a reluctant government into purchasing the house of the just deceased John Julius Angerstein, a rich Russian banker and art collector. The works were initially displayed in the banker's residence at Pall Mall. Over the years the collection expanded to one of the most prestigious in Europe. Over 2300 paintings are now on display in the monumental building at Trafalgar Square
  4. 4. The Building The neoclassical building that now houses the museum was completed in 1838 after a much-criticized design by English architect William Wilkins. It was built at the then still to be developed  Trafalgar Square, which had just been cleared.
  5. 5. Plans to replace the building were never realized and in 1876 the museum was expanded with a new east wing. In the mid 1980s plans for a new expansion were launched, but the modern design faced so much opposition - most notably from the Prince of Wales - that it was shelved and replaced with a more conventional building, known as the Sainsbury wing.
  6. 6. The Collection The National Gallery's collection includes European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century. The works are arranged in a more or less chronological order.  The museum's main entrance is at the Sainsbury wing where you'll find the oldest paintings such as works by Giotto and Jan van Eyck. Late Renaissance works from Titian, Michelangelo and others can be Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait Michelangelo Buonarroti
  7. 7. 17th Century paintings from Italy, Flanders, Spain and the Netherlands are displayed in the North wing and features works from masters such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Paintings from the 18th and 19th century are on display in the East wing. Here you'll find impressionist works as well as paintings by van Gogh, Seurat and Renoir. Anthonis van Dyck Vincent Willem van Gogh

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