22 August 2017


Bellotto Masterpiece Saved For The Nation Goes On Display At National Gallery

Bellotto masterpiece, ‘The Fortress of Königstein from the North’, which was due to be exported from Britain, has been saved for the nation and goes on display in Trafalgar Square today (Tuesday 22 August 2017).

16 August 2017

The National Gallery Goes Monochrome For New B&W Exhibition

The National Gallery, this Autumn goes monochrome on a journey through a world of shadow and light.

12 July 2017

Chris Ofili Tapestry Magic At The National Gallery By Edward Lucie-Smith

Chris Ofili’s big tapestry, commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company and now on view at the Sunley Room at the National Gallery, doesn’t seem to have attracted nearly as much attention as it should have done. It’s a pretty spectacular object, and in addition to that, it ticks all sorts of boxes.

24 March 2017

Chris Ofili To Unveil New Tapestry At London’s National Gallery

The National Gallery will unveil a new tapestry by the Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. Titled the Caged Bird’s Song, the exhibition marks the first time the artist has worked in the medium of tapestry and will include a series of preparatory works on paper in an installation conceived by the artist for the Gallery’s Sunley Room.

23 January 2017

Michelangelo And Sebastiano del Piombo Collaborations Explored At London’s National Gallery

The first ever exhibition devoted to the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1455-1547), featuring exceptional loans, some of which have not left their collections for centuries is to open at London’s National Gallery in the Spring.

10 January 2017


24 November 2016


Quiz – Modern Artists Influenced By Delacroix

Inspired by the National Gallery London’s recent exhibition Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art – how much do you know about the artists who were influenced by Delacroix?

13 October 2016

Above And Beyond Caravaggio: Just How Far Beyond By Edward Lucie -Smith

The new Beyond Caravaggio show in the sepulchral depths of the new wing of the National Gallery deserves to draw a large and enthusiastic public and will in all probability do so.

27 August 2016


Artlyst’s Bumper London Autumn Art Season Preview The Best Only

Artlyst is pleased to present our curated guide to the best London exhibitions premiering this autumn. A  number of exciting blockbuster, museum exhibitions, International Art Fairs, and the best emerging art shows are just some of the tempting offerings to expect. There is so much happening in London over the next few months, it is disconcerting but […]

29 March 2016


George Shaw National Gallery’s Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist Unveils Exhibition

For the past two-and-a-half years, George Shaw has been the National Gallery’s Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist. Armed with a sketchbook, the teenage Shaw made regular day trips from his home on a Coventry council estate to Trafalgar Square in order to draw from works by artists he found inspiring. In response to this enthusiasm for the Old Masters, his mother bought him […]

24 March 2016


Deja Vu: National Gallery Shows Support For The People Of Brussels

It has only been a matter of months since the appalling bombings last November in Paris and just fifteen months since the Charlie Hebdo massacre which saw 12 people killed at the French satirical magazine. Last night London again showed its solidarity with another neighbour, this time the heart and soul of Europe, the city of Brussels. The gathering was somber and […]

17 February 2016

Delacroix Frustratingly Over Powered By The Works Of His Disciples

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, the National Gallery London’s latest feature exhibition, sets out to give visitors the opportunity to (re)discover this important hugely influential 19th century master and to establish his enormous influence by exhibiting his works alongside those he influenced: household names such as Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin and Matisse. Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) […]

15 November 2015


National Gallery Shows Solidarity With Paris Over Attacks

The Louvre, Pompidou and the Musee D’Orsay were closed today as a result of the attacks in Paris which killed nearly 130 people on Friday evening. This is a rare occurrence for the museums and highlights the shape of things to come, including a predicted loss of tourist revenue for the most popular gallery in the world. Meanwhile […]

3 October 2015


National Gallery Director Gabriele Finaldi Settles 100 Day Strike Action

The Public and Commercial Services union has announced that it has reached an agreement with the National Gallery after 100 days of strike action.  The agreement will see the return to work of a senior union representative, the union added. The row has been over the privatisation of some visitor services by the new contractor, Securitas and […]

28 September 2015


Artists Pledge Not To Accept Sponsorship Money From Oil Companies

Over 200  artists and arts organisations pledged not to accept sponsorship money from oil companies. The signatories include fourth plinth artist Hans Haacke,  Jem Finer, Raoul Martinez (UK), Steve Lambert (US), and The Yes Men (US) A ‘Fossil Funds Free’ icon will now appear on participants work. The ”fossil funds free” pledge is part of a campaign […]

3 September 2015


National Gallery To Be Handed 130,000 Signature Petition Protesting Privatisation

One of the UK’s most visited tourist destinations, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, will decide whether or not they will continue industrial action indefinitely after delivering a petition signed by 130,000 supporters to the galleries new director Gabriele Finaldi. A copy will also be handed to culture minister Ed Vaizey. Finaldi has remained very quiet during the crisis. The museum is […]

17 August 2015


National Gallery Decides Today Whether Strike Action Should Continue

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, one of the UK’s most visited tourist destination will decide today whether or not they will continue industrial action ahead of its new director Gabriele Finaldi taking up his position, replacing Sir Nicholas Penny. The museum is striking over the hiring of a private security firm to manage visitor services, in its […]

12 August 2015


Jeremy Corbyn Shows Solidarity With Striking National Gallery Staff

Members of the PCS Union, working at the National Gallery have called an indefinite strike, in a dispute over privatisation. They first walked out in February over plans to privatise visitor and security services and  have already taken a total of 55 days’ action. About 200 members of the Public and Commercial Services union began the action […]

7 August 2015


Visual Art Takes Backseat As London Museums Pump Up The Volume

Eyeballs are evidently obsolete. It’s not enough to simply look at art in order to absorb it anymore: this week has brought news that many of the major museums and galleries are catering to additional senses to supplement our appreciation of their collections. Read: to get us to pay attention for anything other than our […]

23 July 2015


Artlyst EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN To Gabriel Yared’s Sound Installation For Paul Cézanne’s Bathers

Artlyst attended the National Gallery to experience its latest exhibition: Soundscapes. The Gallery has commissioned leading contemporary sound artists and musicians Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller to respond to six paintings of their choice from the National Gallery collection. Each brand new ‘soundscape’ has […]

10 July 2015


Contemporary Sound Artists Respond To Six Paintings From The National Gallery

This summer, the National Gallery offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience some of the highlights of the collection in a very different way, through what they hear as much as what they see. Leading contemporary sound artists and musicians Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures […]

10 April 2015


Tate’s Chris Dercon Rumoured Resignation NPG’s Sandy Nairne Bows Out

Artlyst is not normally one for conspiracy theories, but we have noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone […]

24 March 2015


Rare Early Renaissance Painting Gifted To The National Gallery

A rare early Italian Renaissance painting that has never been exhibited in public before has been gifted to the National Gallery, and has gone on display. ‘Christ Carrying The Cross’ has been presented to the National Gallery by Angus Neill, a loyal supporter of the Gallery. “For many years, regular visits to the National Gallery […]

6 February 2015


National Gallery’s Rembrandt: The Late Works Exhibition Attracts 265,000 Visitors

The National Gallery, which is currently on strike over privatisation, has reported that 265,000 people visited the Rembrandt: The Late Works exhibition. This makes the show, which opened on 15 October 2014 running for 96 days (closing on 18 January 2015), one of the most popular in National Gallery history. The landmark show was also […]