19 March 2020

Titian: A Pity To Miss – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Titian show at the National Gallery in London has arrived at a particularly inauspicious moment. Major public galleries in Europe are shutting their doors because of the coronavirus. The National Gallery has now temporarily closed.

6 November 2018

Lorenzo Lotto Metaphors Through Gestures And Symbols – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tucked away in a group of spaces on the gloomy ground floor of the National Gallery is a superb exhibition that seems likely to attract less attention than it should in fact get.

16 April 2017


Michelangelo Plaster Casts More Convincing Than Sebastiano – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The current Michelangelo & Sebastiano show at the National Gallery here in London is very much the kind of exhibition that one feels a great institution ought to be doing: spaciously presented, tirelessly scholarly, you couldn’t wish for a better introduction to these major names in Italian Renaissance art.

16 March 2015


National Gallery Mounts Solo Exhibition Devoted To Picture Frames

The National Gallery is challenging the way we see paintings by focusing on the picture frames that the works of art are displayed in. paintings. This spring, as from 1 April to 13 September the frames are the stars of the latest show to open in Trafalgar Square. Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames will showcase […]

4 March 2015

Impressionist Impresario: The Man Who Marketed The Movement – National Gallery London

Paul Durand Ruel (1831-1922) believed that, “a true picture dealer should be an enlightened patron; that he should, if necessary, sacrifice his immediate interest to his artistic convictions, and prefer to oppose, rather than support the interests of speculators”. Based on this premise, the National Gallery, London has put together ‘Inventing Impressionism,’ a new curated […]

8 December 2014


Hannah Rothschild Appointed New Chair of the National Gallery London

It has been announced that Hannah Rothschild, a writer, a filmmaker has been appointed by them as Chair of the Board, the Trustees of the National Gallery London. Hannah Rothschild will take over as Chair from Mark Getty, who will step down from the role when his current term comes to an end on 10 […]

5 March 2014


National Gallery London Acquires Art Dealer Agnew & Sons Archive

London’s National Gallery has purchased the important archive belonging to the art dealers Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, following the firm’s decision to close its Albemarle Street gallery in 2013. The archive was offered at a discounted price of £240,000, for which sum it was generously purchased and donated to the Gallery by the National […]

28 October 2013


Van Gogh Sunflowers Reunited For New National Gallery Display

London’s National Gallery are to exhibit two versions of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers side by side for the first time in 65 years. This hanging will give visitors to the National Gallery a unique opportunity to compare and contrast these much-loved masterpieces, while also exploring new research about the artist’s working practices. From 25 […]

22 May 2013


London’s National Gallery And Birmingham’s Barber Institute Swap Masterpieces To Celebrate Anniversary

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the National Gallery, London is holding an exhibition of the first twelve paintings acquired by Professor Thomas Bodkin on behalf of the Henry Barber Trust during the 1930s.   Birth of a Collection: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts […]

9 February 2013


Van Gogh Sunflowers Projected Onto National Gallery To Celebrate Your Paintings Project

Oversized images of publicly owned masterpieces were projected on to the National Gallery building in Trafalgar Square last night, as part of the celebrations marking the completion of Your Paintings, a BBC sponsored website showing the entire UK national collection of oil paintings. The projections are just one part of a month-long series of exhibitions […]

28 November 2012

Richard Hamilton Shock and Awe The Late Works – Review

There is a famous story about Giotto, Cimabue, and a fly. Cimabue, the master, left Giotto alone in the studio one day for an unrecorded reason. Giotto painted a fly on one of Cimabue’s unfinished works. Cimabue came back, and spent an unknown amount of time trying to shoo the fly away before realising it […]

31 October 2012

Photography Given Kudos In First National Gallery Exhibition – Review

The exploration of the relationship between painting and photography is so large a topic that this complex, sober exhibition cannot help but omit some of the key strands that have come to define this symbiosis. Indeed, curator Hope Davis acknowledges this fact when stating the show sets out to make an argument about the links […]

18 June 2012


Michael Landy Artist In Residence At National Gallery

SAINTS ALIVE, is a new sculptural installation by Michael Landy who will also be the 2013 Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence at the National Gallery. In May, the Sunley Room will display seven large-scale kinetic sculptures representing a contemporary view of the lives of the saints. In representing the saints, a subject more often […]

30 March 2012


Protesters Call To Disarm the National Gallery London

Anti-arms trade campaigners to call action in Trafalgar Square tomorrow Anti Arms campaigners have called a protest for Saturday 31 March, in Trafalgar Square. The campaigners are sending a message that will urge the National Gallery to end its links with the arms trade. The National Gallery, one of the UK’s most iconic public institutions, […]

21 August 2011


Is Titian’s ALLEGORY OF PRUDENCE A Misattribution?

The Allegory of Prudence is an iconic masterpiece attributed to the Venetian Renaissance artist, Titian. It is a popular painting in the collection of The National Gallery, London. But was it actually painted by the master or is it a misattribution?  Danish art researcher, Svend Erik Hendriksen gives his honest opinion to ArtLyst readers. I […]

18 July 2011


Poussin Masterpieces Vandalised At London’s National Gallery

Man arrested after spraying works with red paint Two paintings by the French old master, Nicholas Poussin have been vandalised with red spray paint at the National Gallery in London. The paintings are part of the gallery’s permanent collection and are hung in room 19 at the Trafalgar Square institution. A report which was released […]

10 May 2011


London da Vinci Exhibition Set To Break Records

This autumn The National Gallery in London is set to break all records with a new exhibition of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci. The gallery will present a landmark exhibition titled “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan” examining Leonardo’s extraordinary observation, imagination and technique. The Autumn exhibition concentrates on his career as […]

31 March 2011


British Museums Most Popular in World

Figures released today place British Museums at the top, taking three out of the first five positions globally. Only the Louvre  in Paris out does the UK by dominating the number one position. The British Museum comes in at number two with 5842,138 visitors. Tate Modern number four getting 5,061,172 through the door and the […]