8 July 2020

National Gallery Re-Opening What to Expect – Edward Lucie-Smith

The National Gallery is re-opening its doors, somewhat in advance of the Tates. The Titian show of mythological paintings made for Philp II of Spain is once again available, though it isn’t continuing on to Scotland.

30 June 2020

Guide to UK Museums and Galleries Reopening

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that museums and galleries may reopen from Saturday 4 July providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines, the following museums and galleries have released details. Here is a useful guide to the planned reopenings. Artlyst will update the list as new information becomes available.

4 June 2020

National Gallery Extends Titian Exhibition in London

The National Gallery has announced that the universally acclaimed exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death will be extended due to the generosity of its partners and lenders. The show will reopen when the National Gallery does. The gallery was forced to shut on 18 March 2020 due to COVID-19.  

4 May 2020

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 National Gallery Marks 75th Anniversary of VE Day

The National Gallery played an inspiring role during wartime including VE Day. It was one of the few places in London where you could find a programme of cultural activity – concerts.

16 April 2020

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Artemisia Gentileschi A Retrospective – Edward Lucie-Smith

The much-anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at the National Gallery in London has now been indefinitely postponed, to the disappointment of many.

8 April 2020

National Gallery Explores Easter Story Paintings Online

London’s National Gallery is cleverly telling the Easter story through paintings in their collection. The story of the events leading up to and following the Crucifixion, known as the Passion of Christ is explored.

20 February 2020

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12 February 2020

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Sin

9 February 2020

National Gallery Explores ‘Sin’ In New Exhibition – Interview Dr Joost Joustra Curator With Revd Jonathan Evens

The first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art will be staged at the National Gallery this spring. ‘Sin’ will bring together paintings from the National Gallery’s collection dating from the 16th to the 18th century with loans from important private and public collections including modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Ron Mueck.

4 October 2019

Gauguin Not A Role Model For Our Time – Edward Lucie-Smith

Gauguin both is and isn’t a hero for our time. In one sense it’s brave of the National Gallery to mount a big show of his work in the /MeToo era. It’s hard to think of any artist, of the immediately Pre-Modern or Early Modern epochs, who behaved worse to women.

15 June 2019

Bartolome Bermejo And The Paper Museum – Two Free Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

Once again the National Gallery offers a small, free, finely crafted show devoted to an Old Master painter that few people will know much – or indeed – anything about. In this case, to works by Bartolome Bermejo (c.1440-c. 1501).

16 April 2019

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Sean Scully National Gallery – Rembrandt and Now Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the Sean Scully show that just opened at the National Gallery in London couldn’t be more different from the exhibition not far away at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill. It features just one artist, rather than a series of well-known names.

15 April 2019

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Sackler: A Family Divided – Dame Jillian Sackler Speaks Out

Dame Jillian Sackler, third wife of the late Arthur Sackler has defended her branch of the family’s philanthropic donations with a statement to the Washington Post, outlining that her side of the family has never participated in the manufacture of OxyContin or benefited from money generated by Purdue Pharma, which is wholly owned by the other side of the Sackler family.

27 March 2019

Sorolla: National Gallery And Mike Nelson – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two shows have just opened at major London institutions –Sorolla at the National Gallery and Mike Nelson at Tate Britain. Different as they are, they both give one cause to reflect on the current situation in British art. Indeed, about what is happening to British culture in general.

9 March 2019

Louis-Leopold Boilly And The 19th Century Parisian Bourgeoisie – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sometimes the dear old National Gallery here in London comes up with a nice surprise. Their new one-room, free entry exhibition is devoted to the work of the French painter Louis-Leopold Boilly, who lived from 1761 to 1845

20 February 2019

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Cranach the Elder Venus Masterpiece Gifted To National Gallery

Visitors to the National Gallery are in for a treat as they will be able to view a new acquisition by one of the Renaissance’s most significant figures. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) Venus and Cupid (1529) painted in the early 16th century, will be displayed in Room 4 and is an essential addition to […]

17 December 2018

Edwin Landseer The Return Of A Moralistically Empathetic Artist – Edward Lucie-Smith

How times have changed! And how much they haven’t! A small but telling display of work by the celebrated Victorian artist Sir Edwin Landseer, now on view at the National Gallery, invites both comparison and cogitation.

20 June 2018

Ed Ruscha And Thomas Cole – National Gallery Exhibits Two American Painters – Edward Lucie-Smith

Though we have plenty of experience of and access to American art here in Britain, this means chiefly American art from the 20th century.

17 March 2018

Tacita Dean’s Triple Header Implicit Nostalgia And History – Sue Hubbard

Film is Tacita Dean’s medium. Not that catch-all of so many contemporary artists, video, but analogue film with all its implicit nostalgia and history. Although Tacita Dean emerged in the 90s, at the height of conceptualism, she’s always been essentially a Romantic.