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Explore an exquisite drawing by Andrea Mantegna which reveals as much about the artist’s Gonzaga patrons as it does Mantegna’s skill and personality. Watch the full film on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/nationalgalleryuk.
Our exhibition 'Mantegna and Bellini' is now open in the Sainsbury Wing! A tale of two artists, their lives and their cities, who together shaped the art of the Renaissance, this the first-ever exhibition to explore the creative links between brothers-in-law Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini.
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A tale of two artists and brothers-in-law, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ tells a story of art, family, rivalry, and personality. Click the link in our bio to book tickets online and save, Members go free.
Here a visitor takes in Andrea Mantegna's 'Minerva expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue'. Mantegna creates an entire world for this work, complete with a deep landscape, a rocky cliff and topiaried hedges. The helmeted figure of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and warfare, charges in from the left to drive a group of figures representing the Vices from the charmed Garden of Virtue. In a cloud above, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude look on in approval.
The complex iconography of the scene was given to Mantegna by Isabella d'Este, the young marchioness of Mantua and the artist's most exacting patron at the Gonzaga court. It was the second of two paintings she commissioned for her private stuidolo, or 'little study', at the Ducal Palace.
Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Tom Patterson
#mantegna #mantegnabellini #minerva #exhibition #isabelladeste #gonzaga #gonzagacourt #instamuseum


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Our exhibition 'Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne' is a celebration of major Impressionist paintings from @courtauld. See some of Cézanne's most famous works, bought for Samuel Courtauld's private collection, alongside works Courtauld also bought for the nation.

Cézanne abandoned his training as a lawyer, despite his father's objections, to become a painter. He moved from his native Aix-en-Provence to Paris, where he kept company with his school friend, the writer Emile Zola, and the artists Manet, Monet and Pissarro. Under these painters' influence, his style evolved from dark, thickly painted works to brighter canvases.
In Britain, when Courtauld began collecting his work, the reaction to Cézanne remained sceptical, prompting fierce debates. Yet the collector amassed a staggering 21 works, as well as drawings and personal letters, spending more money on Cézanne than on any other artist. Courtauld's enthusiasm also ensured that Cézanne's work entered the national collection for the first time.

Click the link in our bio to book tickets online, Members go free. If you're visiting the exhibition, don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #CourtauldImpressionists!

Photo by Ellie in the #nationalgallery Social Media Team.

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Our exhibition 'Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne' is a celebration of major Impressionist paintings from @courtauld. See some of Manet's most famous works, bought for Samuel Courtauld's private collection, alongside works Courtauld also bought for the nation.

Manet was one of the most controversial artists of his time, misunderstood by the general public and by most art critics, yet championed by writers such as Baudelaire and Zola. He was inspired by the great painters of the past, including Titian and Velázquez, but at the same time his work was radically different to that of his immediate predecessors.
Samuel Courtauld collected works by Manet that spanned the breadth of his career - from a verson of his early, scandalous composition, 'Déjeuner sur l'herbe' (seen to the left), to his final masterpiece, 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' (seen in the centre). Click the link in our bio to book tickets online, Members go free. If you're visiting the exhibition, don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #CourtauldImpressionists!

Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Tom Patterson.

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Our exhibition 'Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne' is a celebration of major Impressionist paintings from @courtauld. See some of Renoir's most famous works, bought for Samuel Courtauld's private collection, alongside works Courtauld also bought for the nation.

Renoir's joyful pictures celebrate the pleasures of everyday life. During a career lasting more than 60 years, he produced over 5000 paintings - vibrant still lifes, enchanting landscapes, perceptive portraits and cheerful scenes of conviviality.
Samuel Courtauld's collection of Renoirs included both early Impressionist pictures, which he particularly admired, and the more classical paintings from the artist's final years.
Click the link in our bio to book tickets online, Members go free. If you're visiting the exhibition, don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #CourtauldImpressionists!

Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Tom Patterson.

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Have you been following the restoration of our latest acquisition, Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'? Head to our YouTube channel to watch updates on the conservation work so far: www.youtube.com/nationalgalleryuk.
Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, @breach_theatre's play, 'It's True, It's True, It's True', restages the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Co-writer/director Billy Barrett and performer/co-writer Ellice Stevens have a chat with curator Letizia Treves about how Artemisia Gentileschi has inspired their new play, 'It's True, It's True, It's True', and how relevant her story is today.
Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' is currently undergoing restoration treatment. This was made possible with @artfund support.
For more updates on the conservation of this self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, follow #NGArtemisia on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
#artemisia #artemisiagentileschi #gentileschi #selfportrait #acquisition #artfund #restoration #conservation #conservatingpaintings #restoringpaintings #femaleartist


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Have you been following the restoration of our latest acquisition, Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'? Head to our YouTube channel to watch updates on the conservation work so far: www.youtube.com/nationalgalleryuk.
During the restoration of the painting, the unusual composition of Artemisia's 'Self Portrait' has come into view. Letizia Treves, The James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-century Paintings, and Larry Keith, Head of Conservation and Keeper, discuss the decisions they have made to help restore the painting to what could be its original composition.
Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' is currently undergoing restoration treatment. This was made possible with @artfund support.
For more updates on the conservation of this self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, follow #NGArtemisia on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
#artemisia #artemisiagentileschi #gentileschi #selfportrait #acquisition #artfund #restoration #conservation #conservatingpaintings #restoringpaintings #femaleartist


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Have you been following the restoration of our latest acquisition, Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'? Head to our YouTube channel to watch updates on the conservation work so far: www.youtube.com/nationalgalleryuk.
During the restoration of the painting, the unusual composition of Artemisia's 'Self Portrait' has come into view. Letizia Treves, The James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-century Paintings, and Larry Keith, Head of Conservation and Keeper, discuss the decisions they have made to help restore the painting to what could be its original composition.
Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' is currently undergoing restoration treatment. This was made possible with @artfund support.
For more updates on the conservation of this self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, follow #NGArtemisia on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
#artemisia #artemisiagentileschi #gentileschi #selfportrait #acquisition #artfund #restoration #conservation #conservatingpaintings #restoringpaintings #femaleartist


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Our free exhibition, 'Lorenzo Lotto Portraits', is now open in our Ground Floor Galleries!

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.

Lotto depicted men, women, and children in compositions rich in symbolism and imbued with great psychological depth. The prominent addition of objects which hinted at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects added meaning to each work.

Lotto's portrait of Giovanni Agostino della Torre and his Son, Niccolò, features in the exhibition. Giovanni Agostino della Torre was a distinguished doctor and citizen of Bergamo. He had taught at the University of Padua, and the costume he wears is official or academic dress. In 1510 he was elected prior of Bergamo's College of Physicians, an office he held until his death. The man behind Agostino is Niccolò, who was 33 in 1516 when his father died. It seems that he was added to what was originally conceived only as a portrait of Agostino, perhaps on the occasion of his father's death.

Detail from Lorenzo Lotto, 'Giovanni Agostino della Torre and his Son, Niccolò', about 1515-6 © The National Gallery, London.

#lorenzolotto #lotto #lottoportraits #portrait #venice #instamuseum #exhibition #artexhibition #nationalgallery


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National Gallery

Our new exhibition, 'Lorenzo Lotto Portraits', is now open in our Ground Floor Galleries!
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.

Lotto depicted men, women, and children in compositions rich in symbolism and imbued with great psychological depth. The prominent addition of objects which hinted at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects added meaning to each work.

With the inclusion of documents that have survived from Lotto’s own account books, this exhibition – the first of its kind in the UK – provides extraordinary insight into the artist’s individualistic style and the people he portrayed.

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Our free exhibition, 'Lorenzo Lotto Portraits', opens in our Ground Floor Galleries tomorrow!

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.

Lotto depicted men, women, and children in compositions rich in symbolism and imbued with great psychological depth. The prominent addition of objects which hinted at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects added meaning to each work.

One of the works that will feature in the exhibition is Lotto's 'Portrait of Giovanni della Volta with his Wife and Children'. The action is focused on the bowl of cherries on the table. The mother offers cherries to her daughter, while the father offers them to his son, who seems to dance before him in the foreground. The table with its elaborately patterned Turkish carpet is central to the painting. This is of a type frequently represented by Lotto (hence known as a 'Lotto carpet') and has yellow arabesques on a red field, and a Kufic border.

Detail from Lorenzo Lotto, 'Portrait of Giovanni della Volta with his Wife and Children', completed 1547 © The National Gallery, London.

#lorenzolotto #lotto #lottoportraits #portrait #venice #instamuseum #exhibition #artexhibition #nationalgallery


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Probably painted during Holbein's first visit to England in 1526-8, it has been suggested, very plausibly, that the sitter is Anne Lovell. The starling in the background and the pet squirrel on a chain may have been intended to allude to her name: the Lovell family showed squirrels on their coat of arms and owned a house at East Harling in Norfolk. It is conceivable that the portrait was once part of a pair of husband and wife.

Squirrels were popular pets in England as early as the 14th century. In other portraits of women and children by Holbein pet animals such as a monkey and a marmoset are included; in portraits of men he depicts the falcons used in hunting.

The sitter in the National Gallery painting is unlikely to have posed with either the squirrel or the starling: Holbein probably made separate studies of them in drawings.

Detail from Hans Holbein the Younger, 'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (Anne Lovell?)', about 1526-8 © The National Gallery, London.

#hansholbein #holbein #annelovell #squirrel #nationalgallery #nationalgallerylondon #instamuseum


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