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A crisp winter's evening sets out before us as men play golf on the ice; one is about to strike the ball with his club ('kolf'). On the horizon is a windmill and the skyline of Haarlem, dominated by the outline of the Grote Kerk. Adriaen van de Velde painted this wintery scene in 1668.

In the figure group pentimenti (alterations made by the artist to areas already painted) are visible: for example in the arm of the man about to play, and in the outline of the man leaning on his club.

Detail from Adriaen van de Velde, 'Golfers on the Ice near Haarlem', 1668 © The National Gallery, London.

#winter #winterscene #ice #golf #sports #christmas #art #arthistory #nationalgallery #nationalgallerylondon #instamuseum


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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. Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before.
Following their respective careers in Padua and Venice, and Mantegna’s fame as court painter to the powerful Gonzaga family in nearby Mantua, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ is the first-ever exhibition to explore the creative links between these artists. Click the link in our bio to book tickets online and save, Members go free.
Two decades after Andrea Mantegna painted his 'Presentation' (which you can also see on our grid), Giovanni Bellini traced the work to make his own version. It is not known why he did this, but the addition of two more figures at the outer edges of the group seems significant, particularly as the man on the far right stares out with such an insistent gaze.
It has been suggested that both figures are further portraits of Bellini family members, but neither have been convincingly identified.
Detail from Giovanni Bellini, 'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple', about 1470 © Fondaziona Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venezia.
#mantegna #andreamantegna #giovannibellini #bellini #painting #arthistory #nationalgallery #instamuseum #artexhibition


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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. Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before.
Following their respective careers in Padua and Venice, and Mantegna’s fame as court painter to the powerful Gonzaga family in nearby Mantua, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ is the first-ever exhibition to explore the creative links between these artists. Click the link in our bio to book tickets online and save, Members go free.
During the 1460s the Bellini family painted four triptychs in the Venetian church of Santa Maria della Carità. Although the gilded backgrounds recall a more Gothic style of painting, the semi-naked depiction of Saint Sebastian clearly alludes to the idealised male bodies of antique statuary. While the triptychs have proved difficult to attribute, this one is often thought to have been painted by a young Giovanni Bellini.

Attributed to Giovanni Bellini, 'Saints Sebastian, John the Baptist and Anthony Abboy (three panels from the Saint Sebastian Triptych', 1462-4 © Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Museo Nazionale delle Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia

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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. Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before.
Following their respective careers in Padua and Venice, and Mantegna’s fame as court painter to the powerful Gonzaga family in nearby Mantua, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ is the first-ever exhibition to explore the creative links between these artists. Click the link in our bio to book tickets online and save, Members go free.
Andrea Mantegna painted 'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple' in about 1454. The subject is the moment when the Virgin Mary and Joseph (centre) bring the newborn Jesus to the Temple. They encounter the elderly Simeon, who on taking the child in his arms recognises the Messiah.
Painted around a year after Mantegna's marriage to Nicolosia Bellini, the picture may have celebrated the birth of the couple's first child. Mantegna includes his self portrait on the far right and that of his wife on the far left.
Detail from Andrea Mantegna, 'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple', about 1454 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Photo: Christoph Schmidt
#mantegna #andreamantegna #giovannibellini #bellini #painting #arthistory #nationalgallery #instamuseum #artexhibition


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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.
How do you choose a frame for a 17th century painting? Curator Letizia Treves chats with our Head of Conservation, Larry Keith, and our Head of Framing, Peter Schade, to talk about what frame will work for Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' and, surprisingly, what won't.
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.
How do you choose a frame for a 17th century painting? Curator Letizia Treves chats with our Head of Conservation, Larry Keith, and our Head of Framing, Peter Schade, to talk about what frame will work for Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' and, surprisingly, what won't.
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.
Our Head of Conservation and Keeper, Larry Keith, has been hard at work retouching some of the damaged areas of Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait'. Here he explains the principles we go by when retouching any painting at the Gallery.
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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From activity books to beautifully illustrated stories, we have something for every child, including 'Why Is Art Full Of Naked People?'. Artists ask questions when they make art – and viewers ask questions when they look at art. This gently provocative book provides an engaging way for young people to start asking and answering questions for themselves. Why is art full of naked people? is structured around 22 questions, each one tackled over two spreads.

This is just one of many fun, engaging and accessible art books for kids which can be found in our shops and online by clicking the link in our bio.

#kidsbooks #giftforkids #giftguide #nationalgalleryshop #museumshop #uniquegifts #christmas #christmasgift


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Inspired by our current exhibitions, including 'Landseer's The Monarch of the Glen', as well as our main collection, we have filled our Christmas gift guide with art prints, sculptures, jewellery, books and more.
Click the link in our bio to see more or come in to our shops and have a browse. #giftguide #nationalgalleryshop #museumshop #uniquegifts #christmas #christmasgift #monarchoftheglen #artgift #nationalgallery


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Looking for the perfect art-inspired Christmas gift? How about one of our silk scarves? This particular one features a beautiful detail of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder’s lush bouquet.
Inspired by the flora and fauna present in the painting, we've paired it with a scarf ring adorned with a butterfly and a bee.
Click the link in our bio to shop our range of scarves or come and visit our shops!
#bosschaert #nationalgalleryshop #museumshop #uniquegifts #giftguide #christmas #christmasgift #artgift #silk #silkscarf #nationalgallery


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Visiting our 'Mantegna and Bellini' exhibition? You can now see two panels of a single painting by Andrea Mantegna that have just been reunited for the first time in possibly 500 years.
The upper section of the painting, 'The Resurrection of Christ', has been in the collection of the @accademia_carrara since the 19th century, but was only recently re-attributed to Mantegna. The lower half, 'The Descent of Christ into Limbo', has been loaned to us by a private collector for the exhibition.
It is believed the panels were painted for the chapel in the castle at Mantua, where Mantegna worked as a court painter for the Gonzaga family. The paintings are shown here with the Director of @accademia_carrara, M. Cristina Rodeschini, and our Director, Gabriele Finaldi.

The re-evaluation of 'The Resurrection of Christ' came after the discovery of a small cross beneath the stone arch, which suggested it may have been part of a bigger panel. Comparisons were made with several works before the link was made with 'The Descent of Christ into Limbo'. Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Tom Patterson.

#andreamantegna #mantegnabellini #mantegna #bergamo #painting #reunited #art #arthistory #nationalgallery #exhibition #artexhibition


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Visiting our 'Mantegna and Bellini' exhibition? You can now see two panels of a single painting by Andrea Mantegna that have just been reunited for the first time in possibly 500 years.
The upper section of the painting, 'The Resurrection of Christ', has been in the collection of the @accademia_carrara since the 19th century, but was only recently re-attributed to Mantegna. The lower half, 'The Descent of Christ into Limbo', has been loaned to us by a private collector for the exhibition.
It is believed the panels were painted for the chapel in the castle at Mantua, where Mantegna worked as a court painter for the Gonzaga family.

The re-evaluation of 'The Resurrection of Christ' came after the discovery of a small cross beneath the stone arch, which suggested it may have been part of a bigger panel. Comparisons were made with several works before the link was made with 'The Descent of Christ into Limbo'. Photo by #nationalgallery photographer Tom Patterson.

#andreamantegna #mantegnabellini #mantegna #bergamo #painting #reunited #art #arthistory #nationalgallery #exhibition #artexhibition


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