August 2012
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

The National Gallery – an art museum on Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom.




The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom.

Overview

• National Gallery was founded in 1824.
• This gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings which date from the mid-13th century to 1900.
• The gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
• Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom.
• National Gallery was not formed by nationalizing an existing royal or princely art collection.
• It came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein in 1824.
• He was an insurance broker and patron of the arts.
• It used to be claimed that this was one of the few national galleries that had its entire works on permanent exhibition.
• The present building which is the third to house the National Gallery was designed by William Wilkins from 1832–8.
• Establishment of the Tate Gallery for British art was done in 1897.
• The Sainsbury Wing, an extension to the west by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, is a notable example of Postmodernist architecture in Britain.

Quick facts about The National Gallery

• Established : 1824
• Location : Trafalgar Square, London WC2, England, United Kingdom
• Visitor figures : 4,954,914 (2010)
• Ranked : 3rd nationally
• Director : Nicholas Penny
Opening hours:
Daily 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 9pm
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Closed 1 January and 24-26 December

Prices for National Gallery
• Adult Ticket: Free (INR0.00) per ticket
• Entrance for gallery is free, charges for events/special exhibitions.

Virtual tour
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtualtour/

These rare paintings include works by Duccio:
• Masaccio
• Uccello
• Leonardo
• Giorgione
• Michelangelo
• Caravaggio
• Vermeer
• Chardin
• Klimt
• Rousseau
• Redon

Important paintings

Early Italian
• Duccio, Madonna and Child, c.1300, Sienna
• Masaccio, Madonna and Child, c.1426, Florence
• Fra Angelico, Christ in Glory, c.1435, Florence
Uccello
• Uccello, St George and the Dragon, c.1450, Florence
• Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, c.1450, Umbria
• Mantegna, The Agony in the Garden, 1460, Mantua
• Pollaiuolo, The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, 1475, Florence
Botticelli
• Sandro Botticelli, Mars and Venus, 1480s, Florence
• Perugino, Madonna and Child with the angels Michael and Raphael, 1496, Perugia
• Giovanni Bellini, Portrait of Leonardo Loredano, Doge of Venice, 1501, Venice
Early Northern European painting
• The Wilton Diptych
• Unknown painter, The Wilton Diptych, c.1395, England or France
• Hans Memling, Virgin and Child with saints and donors, 1477, Bruges
• Rogier van der Weyden, Pieta, c.1460, Brussels
• Hieronymous Bosch, The Mocking of Christ, c.1480, Bois-le-Duc
• Albrecht Durer, The Painter’s Father, 1497, Nuremberg
• Gerard David, Virgin and Child with saints and a donor, 1505, Bruges.
Italy in the 1500s
• Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks, c.1506, Milan. See below.
• Michelangelo, The Entombment of Christ, c.1506, Rome. See below.
• Raphael, The Ansidei Madonna, c.1505,
• Giorgione, Adoration of the Kings, 1507, Venice
Titian
• Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1523, Venice

Some of the famous paintings are:
– A Young Woman standing at a Virginal by Johannes Vermeer, 1632 – 1675
– Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, active about 1506; died 1576.
– Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses) by Paul Cézanne, 1839 – 1906.
– Bathers at Asnières by Georges Seurat, 1859 – 1891.
– Bathers at La Grenouillère by Claude-Oscar Monet, 1840 – 1926.
– Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini, active about 1459; died 1516.
– Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Anthony van Dyck, 1599 – 1641.
– Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame by François-Hubert Drouais, 1727 – 1775.

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London
• The attractions are mostly open all year round
• July and August are the height of summer
• These would also be the most expensive months
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In peak summers, there is light till 22.00.

Location on Google Maps


View Larger Map

Or click and paste the URL below on your browser:
http://maps.google.co.in/maps?q=National+Gallery+London&hl=en&ll=51.50913,-0.128403&spn=0.007826,0.013797&fb=1&gl=in&hq=National+Gallery+London&hnear=National+Gallery+London&cid=0,0,4805205997576757428&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

How to get to National Gallery?

Address: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
1. By Tube
– Westminster tube
• District, Circle and Jubilee lines
• Nearest station with a lift
– Embankment tube
• Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines, around 500 metres away.
– Piccadilly tube
• Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines
– Leicester Square tube
• Northern and Piccadilly lines, around 200 metres away.

2. By Bus
• Buses: 9
• Buses: 3, 6, 12,13, 15, 23, 88, 139, 159, 453
• Buses: 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 139
• Buses: 3, 12, 88, 159, 453
• Buses: 24, 29, 176
• Buses: 91
• Buses: 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 139
• Buses: 139, 176
• Buses: 11, 15, 23, 91
• Buses: 6, 9, 13, 87
• Buses: 11, 87
• Buses: 24
• Buses: 24, 29, 176

3. By Car
– Badgeholder parking
• Orange Street: Advance booking only on 020 7747 2854
– Designated parking bays
• St Martin’s Street: Phone Westminster Parking Information Service 020 7823 4567
– Car park
• Trafalgar car park: Phone Westminster City Council 020 7641 3291
• Leicester Square car park

4. By River
• Embankment Pier services

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London Streetwise London Underground Map London Travel Guide

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at visitlondon.com
Hotels at easytobook.com
Hotels at expedia.com.au

Blogs / Sites about National Gallery London

Blogs and reviews at nationalgallery.org.uk
Blogs at en.wikipedia.org
Blogs and reviews at visitlondon.com

Images and photos of National Gallery London

Images at google.com
Images at nationalgallery.org.uk
Images at simple.wikipedia.org
images at googleartproject.com

Videos of National Gallery London



National Gallery London Slideshow: TravelPod Attractions’s trip to London, England, United Kingdom was created by TripAdvisor. See another London slideshow. Take your travel photos and make a slideshow for free.



Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>