“To walk through the National Gallery is to journey through the history of picture-making in Western Europe, from the thirteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, and this exhibition aims to give a flavour of that experience.”
– Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director, National Gallery, London
Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London is the first time in its near 200-year history that the National Gallery, London has toured an exhibition of works internationally. Drawing on the strengths of their collection, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see 61 paintings by some of Europe’s most revered artists, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
Highlights include Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 1640, Vermeer’s A Young Woman seated at a Virginal c.1670 and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 1888.
The National Gallery, London is one of the world’s best-known national galleries of art. It was founded in 1824 when the British government bought 38 paintings from the estate of the banker John Julius Angerstein and made his Pall Mall town house the venue for the public exhibition of paintings. Now located in Trafalgar Square in the centre of London, the National Gallery holds just over 2300 paintings. It is one of the few major European art galleries whose collection was built through gifts and purchases, rather than based on a former royal collection. Its carefully curated collection has been a model for art galleries worldwide, including the National Gallery of Australia when it was established over a century later.
Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. 1888. © The National Gallery, London