National Gallery, London, England
The National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square. Free entry.
The National Portrait Gallery is in the same building but with an entrance around to the right.
Visiting London’s National Gallery
The entrance hall.
This 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.
Part of the Gallery’s entrance.
The Top Ten paintings in the National Gallery
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.
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.
The National Gallery does not permit photography.
However, we did take a couple of snaps to give you a hint as to the surroundings.
A typical early, grand and decorative space.
Profane Love is the name of this game (Puppy love and Narcissism) in what must have been an outrageous mosaic for its time.
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.