In this issue:

Opening this month: Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

Last chance to see: Art of Light: German Renaissance Stained Glass

Don’t miss: Fourth Plinth

News from the Shops: Book Sale

Two for one tickets: La Dolce Vita with Viva Italia 2008

Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

For nearly half a century, Pompeo Batoni recorded international travelers” visits to Italy on the Grand Tour in portraits that remain among the most memorable artistic accomplishments of the period.

This exhibition, which marks the tercentenary of the painter’s birth, will be the first comprehensive presentation of Batoni’s paintings in forty years.

‘Pompeo Batoni’ opens on 20 February. Advance booking advised.

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Detail from Pompeo Batoni, ‘Portrait of Sir Humphry Morice’, 1761-1762. Sir James and Lady Graham, Norton Conyers, North Yorkshire. Photo © The National Gallery, London.

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Art of Light: German Renaissance Stained Glass

‘Compelling’ (Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Sunday Telegraph)

This exhibition juxtaposes German stained glass and paintings from the 15th and early 16th centuries. Find out how stained glass works were made and how the two art forms compared in technique, style and subject matter.

By highlighting the beauty and importance of glass as well as painting, ‘Art of Light’ reveals the lost worlds of medieval and Renaissance Germany.

‘Art of Light’ continues until 17 February
Admission free

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Detail from Lukas Zeiner, ‘The Arms of Balthasar II von Hohenlandenberg’, about 1500 © V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London (C.42-1919).

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Fourth Plinth

‘Fourth Plinth’ presents models of works by six top contemporary artists shortlisted for display on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The work selected will replace ‘Model for a Hotel’ by Thomas Schütte.

Get involved and tell the judges what you think of the proposals by Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Bob & Roberta Smith.

‘Fourth Plinth’ continues until 30 March
Admission free

Modern Monuments and Life Routes
Linked to the Fourth Plinth exhibition, this free display showcases work made in the Gallery by young people involved in the
Life Routes programme.

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Thomas Schütte’s ‘Model for a Hotel’ in Trafalgar Square. © James O Jenkins.

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Book Sale

Save up to 60% on selected National Gallery publications – for a limited period only. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase superbly written and illustrated exhibition catalogues about artists including Titian, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens and Velázquez.

The National Gallery Catalogue of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, Volume I: Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona, by incoming Director Nicholas Penny, is also available for just £45 (normally £75). Volume II: Venice 1540–1600, is published in March.

There is no better time to extend your own collection.

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La Dolce Vita with Viva Italia 2008

If news of the Pompeo Batoni exhibition has you dreaming of living the high life in Italy, why not enjoy a day of Italian indulgence at La Dolce Vita, the Italian Festival at Olympia, London, 13–16 March 2008.

Experience, taste and buy some of Italy’s finest products, and socialize with its charismatic personalities. Dine at London’s top Italian restaurants, attend catwalk shows, discover the delights of Italy’s diverse regions and even bid for a luxury Italian farmhouse.

National Gallery e-news subscribers can purchase two tickets for the price of one – simply visit or call 0871 231 0832 and quote NRY1. Offer valid on standard tickets bought before Friday 15th February.

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Voyages of Discovery Film Season

Film Season to accompany Pompeo Batoni (1708 – 1787)

Painting of the Month

Discover February’s Painting of the Month

Romance at the Gallery

Love, betrayal and passion: lovers in National Gallery paintings


Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

Art of Light: German Renaissance Stained Glass

Discoveries: New Research into British Collections

Fourth Plinth

Modern Monuments and Life Routes

The Landscape Oil Sketch

What’s On Highlights

Wine, Nibbles and Talk: Gained in Translation: the Visual Translation of Japan in Late 19th-Century Paris

Evening Lecture: Pompeo Batoni: ‘The Best Painter in Italy’

Lecture: Private Loss and Public Gain: London and the Collecting of Old Masters

All February Special Events

Chinese New Year

A Chinese Box of Stories: theatre and storytelling

Family Fun

Holiday Workshops for families

Family Sundays: Free activities for families to enjoy

In The Shop

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Visiting Information

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