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So nice he painted her twice 🎨 Margaretha de Geer and her husband Jacob Trip belonged to one of the richest families in Holland. Margaretha was depicted numerous times by Rembrandt and appears twice in our collection:bit.ly/3RnRSI7xf
Meet two icons this weekend ✨ Join us for our latest exhibition, 'Picasso Ingres: Face to Face', and see one of Picasso's greatest portraits alongside the masterpiece that inspired it, Ingres’s ‘Madame Moitessier’: bit.ly/3fueiXh
Shop artful jewellery for every occasion: bit.ly/3BgKVTy 💎 Rubies, sapphires and emeralds…Our rosary necklace is inspired by the colour palette of the Italian painter Raphael. 🌻 Or how about one of our bestsellers, the delicate ‘Sunflowers’ necklacef2
With tumultuous waves taking over, an element of foreboding engulfs the scene. But, a small glimmer of hope is on its way...⛅ Fiona Alderton sets the scene of Vernet's dramatic seascape 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas', our September Picture of the Month: bit.ly/3Kt9dNj
Join us for the final week of 'Take One Picture'! 🎨 Showcasing the work from 30 different primary schools, this free exhibition features children's creative responses to 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi. Find out more here:bit.ly/3LWwNlb5h
Enjoy masterpieces all year long with our weekly diaries! Pick your favourite below: 📆 Shop our large diary with a detail of Renoir's ‘The Umbrellas’:bit.ly/3B7LoHTD 📅 Or choose our smaller diary featuring Vigée Le Brun's ‘Self Portrait’bit.ly/3Q33yyxbGy
Join us on the busy streets of Paris, in the picturesque Tuileries Gardens 🍃 We're exploring Manet's 'Music in the Tuileries Gardens'. Take a closer look and you might find an unexpected figure in the crowd:bit.ly/2ZkNGgM87
📺 Tonight at 7pm, tune into@SkyArtss for a look at our free exhibition, 'Picasso Ingres: Face to Face'. This is the first time that Picasso's ‘Woman with a Book’ has been shown alongside the painting that inspired it, Ingres's ‘Madame Moitessier’:bit.ly/3fueiXhBx
Ouch! 🐝 Why is this little angel covered in bees? Watch as Charlotte Wytema reveals the lesson that underlies this intriguing painting of by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Watch the full clip on our website:bit.ly/3zTzzUWyZ
Today marks the International Day of Charity 🤝 Charity is one of the theological virtues. From the 16th century onwards, Charity was commonly depicted as a mother tending to her children, like in this depiction by Italian painter Michele Tosini:bit.ly/3RdZWLkDI
Applications are now open for the Articulation Prize! The annual Articulation Prize invites those aged 16 to 19 to deliver a 10-minute presentation on a work of art, architecture, or an artefact of their choice. Find out how to apply here: bit.ly/3erA1Sd
Logging onto 3,000+ emails after your two weeks off... 😳 This portrait of a middle-aged man was once thought to be a self portrait by Joseph Ducreux in which he is dressed as a French abbot, with powdered hair:bit.ly/3B8e2Z4MV
Can't wait for 'Winslow Homer: Force of Nature'? 🙌 Join us in the Gallery next week with our panel of curators and art historians as they discuss the subjects of Homer’s paintings, from the US Civil War to the aftermath of slavery:bit.ly/3AWmVVvh Part of#FridayLatess9
📅 Enjoy art all year long! Our long-awaited 2023 calendars and diaries are now available to buy from our online shop:bit.ly/3K6J7j06 They are all printed in the UK, using vegetable inks and paper sourced from responsibly managed forests.I
He’s a ten but won’t let you read over his shoulder 📖 One of only a small number of portraits by Andrea del Sarto to survive, ‘Portrait of a Young Man’ is one of his masterpieces, painted at a time when he was the leading painter in Florence:bit.ly/3ak3ne2Ek
📺 Tune into@SkyArtss on Monday 5 September at 7pm for a look at our exhibition, 'Picasso Ingres: Face to Face'. For the first time, Picasso’s ‘Woman with a Book’ has been brought together with the painting that inspired it, Ingres's ‘Madame Moitessier’:bit.ly/3fueiXhB5
✨Couple goals✨ Joseph Wright was born #OnThisDay in 1734. The newlyweds in his affectionate portrait, 'Mr and Mrs Thomas Coltman', also appear somewhere else in our collection. Can you guess where? bit.ly/2ODIHFl
Tickets now on sale! 📣 Our upcoming exhibition, 'Lucian Freud: New Perspectives', spans a lifetime of the artist's work, from early, intimate pieces to his monumental naked portraits. Book your tickets, Members go free:bit.ly/38u4JnvZY
The first in-depth UK exhibition to display the work of the great American Realist painter Winslow #Homer opens next week. Can’t wait? Pre-order this beautifully illustrated catalogue for an accessible introduction to the artist ahead of the show: bit.ly/3wmp62a
Step into a hidden world of art and magic 🔮 The Keeper of Paintings is a mobile-based immersive adventure that encourages children to explore and learn about one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. Download it for free:bit.ly/3uZJdSmQe
Back to school with Chardin ✍️ In this quiet scene a young child is being taught by an older girl in a peaceful, domestic setting. They appear to be from a middle-class family, which is well provided for but not ostentatiously wealthy: bit.ly/2XRD9i3
Now open in Norfolk: Pictures Around Cromer! You can now explore an outdoor exhibition across the seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk, comprising of 30 life-size replica artworks from our collection. Find out more here: bit.ly/3R5rHpk @CromerArtspace
Give your living room a makeover 🖼️ A complete new look is just a few clicks away. High-quality art prints featuring paintings from our collection can instantly transform any room. Create your own gallery wall with our online custom print service:bit.ly/3pUSvgd4K
⭐ Winslow Homer: Force of Nature ⭐ For the first time in the UK, we present the great American Realist painter, whose work explores the relationship between humankind and the environment – an issue still relevant for us today. Members go free: bit.ly/3naA864
Henri Rousseau died #OnThisDay in 1910 🐯 In his enduringly popular painting ‘Surprised!’, a tiger crouches low in thick jungle foliage, its back arched and teeth bared. It’s wide eyes staring wildly, perhaps at something in the distance:bit.ly/2zBccPqef
How about in your own home? 🤩 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump', by Joseph Wright 'of Derby' is available to buy as a print from our online shop, with options for custom framing. Shop now:bit.ly/3KBsXOP3r
We hope you enjoyed learning more about 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump', by Joseph Wright 'of Derby.’ Find this captivating painting in Room 34 this weekend: nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jose…
An older man in the corner contemplates the skull, lost in thought. The skull and candle are emblems of mortality, but Wright’s painting leaves us uncertain of the bird’s fate.
Despite the drama and suspense of the scene, the couple beside the lecturer appear to only have eyes for each other. They are Thomas Coltman and Mary Barlow, friends of Wright who also appear in a double portrait by the artist.
A little girl observes with fascination, but her elder sister covers her eyes in fear. Her father places his arm around her shoulder, perhaps to reassure her.
A gentleman times the experiment with his pocket watch, while the youth seated beside him leans in for a closer look.
A bird sits in a glass container from which air is being pumped to create a vacuum. Will the lecturer expel the air and kill the bird, or allow the air back in and let it live?
The candlelight is defused through the murky liquid and illuminates the faces of the observers. Through the window, the moon gleams behind a cloud.
It is night in a grand private house and a travelling lecturer, with all the drama of a magician, fixes his gaze upon us. An audience has gathered around to watch the experiment, lit by a single candle which burns behind a large glass containing a skull.
It captures the drama of a staged scientific experiment, but it also functions as a vanitas, a painting concerning the limits of human knowledge and the frailty of life itself.
Looks like we have our winner! Let’s take a closer look at 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump', by Joseph Wright 'of Derby.’ 🔍 This is the largest, most ambitious, and dramatic of the series of ’candlelight' pictures painted by the artist in the 1760s.3
Can you guess the #BiggerPicture? 🤔 This curious pooch features in one of the most prominent landscapes by a British painter in our collection. (The artist's style was also reminiscent of the work of the Dutch painter van Ruisdael.)H
Van Gogh on the go! ☕ Enjoy your favourite drinks while you're on the move with one of our new travel mugs, all inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s colourful masterpieces: bit.ly/3QJa4eV
We'll announce the winner later today 🎉
We’re back with the #PaintingPoll, and this week we’re celebrating the birthday of Joseph Wright 'of Derby'. Two of Wright's iconic paintings are featured in our collection, but which of these impressive works would you like to learn more about? Cast your vote in the poll⬇️
A Vernet of your own 🖼️ 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' by Claude-Joseph Vernet is available to buy as a print from our online shop, with options for custom framing. Customise now:bit.ly/3Q1OWzp3J
With tumultuous waves taking over, an element of foreboding engulfs the scene. But, at last, a small glimmer of hope is on its way...⛅ Fiona Alderton sets the scene of Vernet's 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas': bit.ly/3Kt9dNj Supported by @BloombergDotOrg
Rubens’s ‘Peace and War' 💘 Join us in the Gallery next week for our free lunchtime talk with historian Timothy Revell, as we explore one of Rubens's finest works, 'Minerva protects Pax from Mars'. Find out more:bit.ly/3clScYOyN
Ladies and gentleman... ✨ her ✨ Manon Balletti, depicted here by Jean-Marc Nattier, was a lover of the notorious Venetian adventurer Casanova. After a three-year on-off courtship, she gave up waiting and wed M. Blondel, the king’s architect, in 1760: bit.ly/2Ts4YbD
Why is this little angel covered in bees? 🐝 And what does this tell us about myths and their meanings? Join Charlotte Wytema as she reveals the lesson that underlies this sticky situation! Watch the full film on our website:bit.ly/3zTzzUWyz
NEW IN! You can now shop our 2023 calendars which highlight 12 masterpieces from our collection. They are also printed in the UK using vegetable inks and paper sourced from responsibly managed forests: bit.ly/3PvPYDG Every purchase supports the National Gallery.
Join us in the Gallery for the final weeks of Take One Picture 🎨 Showcasing the work from 30 different primary schools, this free exhibition features children's creative responses to 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi. Find out more here:bit.ly/3LWwNlb5D
'The Credit Suisse Exhibition – Lucian Freud: New Perspectives' opens in October but if you can't wait that long, you can pre-order our exhibition catalogue which features artworks spanning the entirety of his 70-year career. Pre-order your copy here: bit.ly/3yIlmJV
Learn something new this autumn ✔️ Join us for a four-week course, 'Western painting and the wider world' led by art historian and artist Simon Morley, as we explore what is considered inherently ‘Western’ about the paintings in our collection: bit.ly/3PTSe7U
Guess the title...(wrong answers only!) Here, Saint John the Evangelist, author of the fourth gospel, is depicted at a moment of revelation, with his eyes raised toward the true source of his inspiration: bit.ly/3wzHchj
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