"National Gallery" The National Gallery Tip by Blatherwick

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  National Gallery
by Blatherwick

The National Gallery holds the British Collection of Art from 1250 to 1900. A collection of 2,300 paintings allows for free entry to the main exhibit with charges for entry applied to special exhibitions. Many of the great Renaissance painters works can be seen here such as da Vinci and Rapael. Other artists include Monet, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt. There are many others. In 1996 it was decided that 1900 would be the 'cut-off date' for paintings in the National Gallery and the following year 14 post-1900 paintings from the National Gallery collection were given to the Tate Museum where you can find the art from the 20th century onward.

The National Gallery was established in 1824, when the art collection of the Russian ?migr? banker John Julius Angerstein was bought by the British government. For the first 14 years of its existence it had to exist in temporary accommodation in Angerstein's former townhouse on 100 Pall Mall. The building on Trafalgar Square was finished in 1837.

Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2
Directions: Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes
Phone: 0 20 7747 2885
Website: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

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  • Written Nov 23, 2005
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