Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting. Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. The exhibition will bring together for the first time the 'Arnolfini Portrait' with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

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Exhibitions and events

Mantegna and Bellini

Event at National Gallery until 27.01.2019 18:00

Comprising major loans of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two pre-eminent artists who also happened to be related by marriage. Website...

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

Event at National Gallery until 10.02.2019 18:00

Celebrated as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto uniquely portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters, among them clerics, merchants, and humanists....

Life drawing subverted: Reimagining Cézanne with SketchSesh

Event at National Gallery on 24.11.2018 13:30

Led by SketchSesh drawing artists James Davison and Simon Gray, this relaxed and free-flowing life drawing session will explore and subvert notions of gender and ideals of beauty. Suitable for 18+...

Rachel Maclean: In Dialogue with the National Gallery

Event at National Gallery on 29.11.2018 10:00

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen’, this display of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean’s 2012 film ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ shines an irreverent light on...

A long look: Pictures within a picture

Event at National Gallery on 03.12.2018 14:00

In this session, we muse on art that is about art and reflect on the purpose of collecting. Why did pictures of galleries flourish in 17th-century Flanders, and did they relate to actual...

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