National Gallery Pictures
London Art Galleries
The National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square. Free entry, under the dome.
The National Portrait Gallery is in the same building but with an entrance around to the right.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square houses over 2,000 of the world's best pictures dating roughly from Europe's Renaissance to the Impressionist periods (1300-1900). If this style of historic art in a fairly formal context rings your bell then come on in.
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The Top Ten paintings in this gallery are widely considered to be:
Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci; The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck; The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein (see below); The Wilton Diptych; The Rokeby Venus by Diego Velazquez; Mystic Nativity by Sandro Botticelli; Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh; A Young Woman standing at a Virginal by Jan Vermeer; A Woman Bathing in a Stream by Rembrandt; Bathers at Grenouilliere by Claude Monet.
Here's a quick look at the National Gallery:
Part of the entrance floor.
A typical early, grand and decorative space.
National Gallery Opening Hours: 10.00 to 18.00 daily, Fridays 10.00 to 21.00 except 24-26 December and January 1st. Sundays are Family days with different activities aimed at under 5s, 5-11s, kids in general etc.
Address: Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 8888
Free to Enter though special exhibitions may cost extra.
A newer, less inviting room but illuminated by the enigmatic Ambassadors picture at the far end with its scientific instruments, broken lute string and distorted skull image.
The entrance hall.
Profane Love is the name of this game (Geddit? Puppy love and Narcissism) in what must have been an outrageous mosaic for its time.
The National Gallery's choice of 30 highlight paintings.
The view over Trafalgar Square from the gallery terrace. Next, National Portrait Gallery pictures.
Other galleries: Tate Modern | Tate Britain
Getting to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery
(they are in the same building but with entrances on different sides):
- Boat. Get a ferry to Embankment Pier and walk through Charing Cross station.
- Tube. The nearest Underground stations are Leicester Square at 200m or Charing Cross at 250m.
- Buses. Practically every bus in London seems to go past Trafalgar Square, but the nearest to the galleries are 24, 29, 176.
- Cycles. There are several docking spaces for Barclays
Cycles (aka Boris Bikes) nearby, in St Martin's Street, Orange Place, St Martin's Place and Leicester Square.
- Cars. Not recommended.
Photos of attractions nearby: Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Theatres, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and Horseguards Parade, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Parks
Official Site: National Gallery
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