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National Gallery is a magnificent Georgian edifice, on the northern side of Trafalgar Square, housing a massive collection of Western European Art. Works of Master Leonardo Da Vinci can be found in the Sainsbury wing of the gallery, alongside Botticelli and Bellini. Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael can be found in the West Wing. Whereas in the North Wing, Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio are located, and Seurat, Canaletto, Degas and Monet are in the East Wing. A portable CD guide is available in six different languages.

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN United Kingdom

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Phone 1: +44 20 7747 2885

Email: information@ng-london.org.uk

Official site: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (9pm on Fridays)

Entrance fee: Free admission

Access by subway: Tube Charing Cross or Leicester Sq

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National Gallery, {CATEGORY}

This stately neoclassical building contains an unrivaled collection of Western art spanning 7 centuries - from the late 13th to the early 20th - and covering every great European school. For sheer skill of display and arrangement, it surpasses its counterparts in Paris, New York, Madrid, and Amsterdam. The largest part of the collection is devoted to the Italians, including the Sienese, Venetian, and Florentine masters. They're now housed in the Sainsbury Wing, which was designed by noted Philadelphia architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991. On display are such works as Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks, Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne, Giorgione's Adoration of the Magi, and unforgettable canvases by Bellini, Veronese, Botticelli, and Tintoretto. Botticelli's Venus and Mars is eternally enchanting. The Sainsbury Wing is also used for large temporary exhibits. Of the early Gothic works, the Wilton Diptych (French or English school, late 14th c). is the rarest treasure, it depicts Richard II being introduced to the Madonna and Child by John the Baptist and the Saxon kings, Edmund and Edward the Confessor. Then there are the Spanish giants: El Greco's Agony in the Garden and portraits by Goya and Velázquez. The Flemish-Dutch school is represented by Bruegel, Jan van Eyck, Vermeer, Rubens, and de Hooch, the Rembrandts include two of his immortal self-portraits. None of van Eyck's art creates quite the stir that the Arnolfini Portrait does. You probably studied this painting from 1434 in your Art History 101 class. The stunning work depicts Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife (who is not pregnant as is often thought, she is merely holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion). There's also an immense French Impressionist and post-Impressionist collection that includes works by Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cézanne. Particularly charming is the peep-show cabinet by Hoogstraten in one of the Dutch rooms: It's like spying through a keyhole. British and modern art are the specialties of the Tate galleries, but the National Gallery does have some fine 18th-century British masterpieces, including works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, and Turner. Long written off as a "fake", a painting of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87) is on display. The portrait, purchased for less than £100 (at today's exchange rate) was acquired by the gallery in 1916 at a Christie's auction. It has gathered dust in a warehouse until it was rediscovered and authenticated. The wood on which the image of Mary was painted turned out to be from the late 16th century. Today the painting is believed to be one of the only two paintings made in the lifetime or shortly after the death of the Queen. Guided tours of the National Gallery are offered twice daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm. A Gallery Guide soundtrack is also available. A portable CD player provides audio information on paintings of your choice with the mere push of a button. Although this service is free, contributions are appreciated. Insider's tip: The National Gallery has a computer information center where you can design your own personal tour map for free. The computer room, located in the Micro Gallery, includes a dozen hands-on workstations. The online system lists 2,200 paintings and has background notes for each work. Using a touch-screen computer, you can design your own personalized tour by selecting a maximum of 10 paintings you would like to view. Once you have made your choices, you print a personal tour map with your selections.

National Gallery, {CATEGORY}

National Gallery is a magnificent Georgian edifice, on the northern side of Trafalgar Square, housing a massive collection of Western European Art. Works of Master Leonardo Da Vinci can be found in the Sainsbury wing of the gallery, alongside Botticelli and Bellini. Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael can be found in the West Wing. Whereas in the North Wing, Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio are located, and Seurat, Canaletto, Degas and Monet are in the East Wing. A portable CD guide is available in six different languages.

National Gallery, {CATEGORY}

National Gallery is a magnificent Georgian edifice, on the northern side of Trafalgar Square, housing a massive collection of Western European Art. Works of Master Leonardo Da Vinci can be found in the Sainsbury wing of the gallery, alongside Botticelli and Bellini. Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael can be found in the West Wing. Whereas in the North Wing, Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio are located, and Seurat, Canaletto, Degas and Monet are in the East Wing. A portable CD guide is available in six different languages.

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