National Gallery

The National Gallery is in Trafalgar Square, London and was founded in 1824. The collection at the gallery belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry is free.

The collection at the National Gallery is one of the most visited in Europe and comprises works from British Masters, European old Masters, Italian Renaissance and French Impressionists.


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Bellows paves the way for US artists at the National Gallery

24 February 2014

The purchase of a George Bellows painting has signalled a major change in policy at the National Gallery, ending 190 years of showing only European artists.

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Galleries gain Freud's Constable

04 November 2013

This John Constable (1776-1837) portrait has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland from the estate of the artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

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National Gallery approves new Leonardo discovery

18 July 2011

THE National Gallery has confirmed that a previously unattributed painting spotted by an American dealer will feature in its forthcoming Leonardo da Vinci exhibition as an original work by the artist.

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Domenichino’s St John saved for the nation

28 May 2010

CONSIDERED the finest work by the Italian Baroque master Domenico Zampieri, Il Domenichino (1581-1641), in private hands, this painting of St John the Evangelist has been saved for the nation. It has gone on display in the National Gallery's Baroque rooms.

D’Offay’s Artist Rooms on tour

16 March 2009

Details have been released of the first UK tour of Artist Rooms, the collection of 725 post-War and contemporary works acquired by the nation from dealer Anthony d'Offay for £28m, a fraction of its market value.

Delay over decision on Madonna

01 September 2003

CULTURE secretary Tessa Jowell has extended her deadline for deciding on what sum the National Gallery should pay for The Madonna of the Pinks.

Picture politics

30 March 1999

UK: THE Government has saved one of Van Dyck’s finest paintings for the nation and is blocking the export of two further paintings, a Rembrandt and a Ben Nicholson.

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