In this issue:

Last chance to see: Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

Museums and Galleries Month event: Welcome Day

Don’t miss: Alison Watt: Phantom

Courtauld Gallery exhibition offer: Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at ‘La Loge’

From the shops: One Hundred Details

Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

‘Hugely enjoyable’ – Richard Dorment, ‘The Daily Telegraph’

Don’t miss your chance to discover the work of an artist who was the most celebrated painter in 18th-century Rome. At the height of the Grand Tour era, British aristocrats flocked to Batoni’s studio to be painted on their travels. This exhibition features some of the most memorable images of the men, women – and dogs – of the period, along with religious and mythological works.

Late opening until 9pm, with exhibition talks, live music and bar
Wednesdays 7 and 14 May (half-price admission from 6pm)
Saturday 17 May

‘Pompeo Batoni’ runs until 18 May.

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Detail from Pompeo Batoni, ‘Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 4th Bt., Thomas Apperley, and Captain Edward Hamilton’, 1768-72 © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (NMW A 78)

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Welcome Day

Looking for something fun to do over the bank holiday weekend? Join us for a special day of free activities on Sunday 4 May celebrating Museums and Galleries Month.

Enjoy a series of talks and tours about some of the most famous and beautiful paintings in the world and catch ‘Pompeo Batoni’ for free. Kids can enjoy events throughout the day – look out for a tour featuring some ‘Animal Antics’.

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Visit the Gallery for a day of special events on Sunday 4 May © The National Gallery, London

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Alison Watt: Phantom

‘Phantom’ is an atmospheric exhibition of new work by Alison Watt, marking the end of her two-year residency as Associate Artist at the National Gallery. Watt’s large-scale paintings demonstrate a deep fascination with the suggestive power of fabric. Discover how the National Gallery’s ‘Saint Francis in Meditation’ by Zurbarán has inspired her work.

‘Alison Watt: Phantom’ continues until 29 June. Admission free

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Alison Watt, ‘Vowel’, 2007 © The National Gallery, London, courtesy Alison Watt / Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at ‘La Loge’

The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House is renowned for its outstanding collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. ‘Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at ‘La Loge" unites this exceptional masterpiece with the artist’s other paintings of elegant Parisians on display in their ‘loges’, or theatre boxes, including the National Gallery’s ‘At the Theatre’. The exhibition also includes works by Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.

National Gallery visitors can receive a 20% discount on the full price ticket on production of a ‘Pompeo Batoni’ ticket. Offer valid until 25 May 2008.

More about ‘Renoir at the Theatre: La Loge’

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, ‘La Loge (Theatre Box)’, 1874, The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery.

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One Hundred Details

Originally published in 1938 when Kenneth Clark was Director of the National Gallery, this book presents Clark’s favourite details from paintings in the collection, with insightful commentaries that are Clark at his best. Lovingly reissued with brand new photography, the book presents details in pairs that are rarely viewed together, such as cupids from Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ and Correggio’s ‘The School of Love’, which will strike a chord with every reader and reignite your love of the paintings in the National Gallery.

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