National Gallery

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London, England
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National Gallery - National Gallery on Trafalgar Square
National Gallery - National Gallery entry hall
National Gallery - National Gallery on Trafalgar Square - Side entrance
National Gallery - National Gallery on Trafalgar Square - Side entrance
National Gallery - National Gallery on Trafalgar Square - Side entrance
National Gallery - National Gallery on Trafalgar Square - Side entrance

National Gallery London Reviews

missandrea81 missandr…
147 reviews
Beautiful art exhibit FREE of charge Aug 08, 2013
The National Gallery is located on Trafalgar Square and is easily reached by tube or bus.

Photography is unfortunately not allowed inside. I managed however to snap one picture of the beautiful entrance before I was told to put my camera down. The curators were nice about it and also very helpful and offered help with finding certain pieces without even asking.

There are paintings of all the great artists on display here starting from 13th century and well into the 20th. Modern art is not covered, that's what the Tate is for.

Beautiful pieces by Botticelli, van Eyck's famous Arnolfini Portrait, Holbein's The Ambassadors, Michelangelo's The Entombment, Caravaggio's chiaroscuro paintings, along with Rembrandt, Turner, Monet, Degas's ballerinas, and of course Van Gogh's art can be admired.

It was very interesting to see some of these in person as I had learned about the different styles in an art history class. The museum's architecture adds to the experience and the individual pieces are tastefully displayed. Not too cluttered and the atmosphere reminded me of the Louvre but less busy.

I spent about an hour inside the gallery, but could have easily stayed another two just to catch a glimpse of everything.

Donations are welcomed, but otherwise this place is free of charge. The map was one pound which I gladly paid.

National Gallery on Trafalgar Squa…
National Gallery entry hall
National Gallery on Trafalgar Squa…
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missandrea81 says:
Thanks, Giannis.
Posted on: Nov 11, 2013
Johnpro says:
Congratulations Andrea for your featured :)
Posted on: Nov 11, 2013
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Thank you, Jim, Ilse, Lauro and Yuyun. :)
Posted on: Nov 10, 2013
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great art for free Mar 16, 2011
The National Gallery is an art museum located in the Trafalgar Square area. Considering the quantity and quality of paintings here, it is very nice to know that the entrance is free. Many other museums of this calibre in Europe would charge, and I am very proud that this gallery makes art so accessible.

A broad variety of painters are on show here. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Van Gogh, Vermeer and Cezanne are just a few examples of the talent on show here. It’s a great tour of European art, from the Christian paintings of renaissance Italy to the surrealist painters.

Photography is not allowed. The entrance hall has a floor plan which you can see for free, but I think they sell one for £1 too. As always, there is an overpriced gift shop for souvenirs!

The gallery is impressive, but not too large to make you bored! Well worth visiting if you are in London and have the slightest interest in art.
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dqfn1 dqfn1
74 reviews
Dutch paintings in an English museum Oct 13, 2009
The National Gallery shows the best pieces of art made in England, but not all paintings are really English. Some of them are made in Holland or other parts of the Netherlands. One painter was Dutch but was employed at the English court.

In case you like old paintings, paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, this is an absolute must see. The building itself is a piece of eye candy.

At the time I was there a school class was visiting the museum and was actually enjoying a tour. All the children sat down on the ground and listened to the guild. I was amazed by this, when I was giving a tour during my internships the children hated it... but luckely it depended on the school to so some tours I've givenn where enjoyed by the students.

Back on topic. The National Gallery in London does show English paintings, including some very famous pieces depicting princes, princesses and other royalty. Some of these paintings were painted by Anthony van Dyck (a painter from back then the Netherlands, now Belgium). Other famous paintings are from: Rembrandt, Hans Holbein the younger, Jan van Eyck, William Turner and John Constable. But others are form: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Raphael and Titian.

All in all, a must see and many very famous painters to see here.
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xxwishnonstarzz xxwishno…
33 reviews
Another good freebie! Jun 16, 2008
This is a wonderful museum! Not only does it house works by some of the greatest artists who've ever existed, it is also FREE! I enjoyed seeing the names I've read about, like DaVinci, Raphael, Degas, and Monet, as well as some others I've never heard of but had wonderful paintings. My favorite thing to do in museums of this sort are read the cards that explain sort of the story of the painting and there were some brilliant stories here! It really puts the work in perspective and makes it that much more entertaining. There were also a lot of portraits that are not really my thing, but hey, to each his own.

Definitely would not recommend bringing children here. Some people brought young kids and they bounced around and screamed a lot. Come on! Did you really think they were going to enjoy themselves? Don't be selfish and ruin it for everyone else! Hire a babysitter!!
peterbarkley peterbar…
30 reviews
Sep 14, 2006
The National Gallery is full of amazing works of art! Unfortunately when I came the modern art was in the process of moving, but the older art was exceptional. More to come. (and future visits as well)

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