November 2008

November at the National Gallery

This month, for a limited time, there’s a special chance to discover – and to help save – a Titian masterpiece. November is also a good time to catch ‘Renaissance Faces’ – a variety of events accompany this exhibition, along with free gallery talks on the theme of ‘Portraits and Identity’. If you are a fan of the Impressionists, come and see new acquisitions by Monet and Gauguin, and visit an exhibition of works by Alfred Sisley depicting English and Welsh landscapes. 


Campaign for the Titians: Diana and Actaeon

Help the National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland secure two Titian masterpieces for the nation. The first of these, ‘Diana and Actaeon’, will be on show at the National Gallery until 20 November, accompanied by very special events. 
Detail from Titian, ‘Diana and Actaeon’, 1556-9, National Galleries of Scotland. Bridgewater Loan Collection 1945. Photo © National Galleries of Scotland

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November Highlights

Renaissance Faces
Van Eyck to Titian
Until 18 January 2009

This landmark exhibition explores the dramatic rise of portraiture in the Renaissance. It features works by the great masters of Northern and Southern Europe, including Raphael, Titian and Dürer. ‘Renaissance Faces’ provides fresh insights into 15th- and 16th-century art and life.

Detail from Piero di Cosimo, ‘Giuliano da Sangallo, architect’, about 1485 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (SK-C-1368)

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Opening this month
Sisley in England and Wales
Admission free
12 November 2008 – 15 February 2009

Alfred Sisley was one of the greatest landscape painters of the 19th century and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement. He only took on two painting campaigns in the UK – in 1874, and again in 1897. This exhibition will bring together these two groups of paintings for the first time.

Alfred Sisley, ‘Under the Bridge at Hampton Court’, 1874 © Kunstmuseum Winterthur. Presented by Dr Herbert and Charlotte Wolfer-de Armas, 1973 (1549)

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The Simon Sainsbury Bequest to the National Gallery
Admission free
Until 1 February 2009

This intimate display celebrates the arrival of three Impressionist masterpieces to the collection: two paintings by Monet and a still life by Gauguin. As well as discovering these lesser-known works, there’s a chance to see old favorites by the artists in a new light.

Paul Gauguin, ‘Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window’, probably 1890 © The National Gallery, London

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From the shops
National Gallery Christmas cards

Why not send friends and loved ones National Gallery cards this Christmas? Our extensive range features religious and secular paintings, and includes six new and exclusive designs by illustrator Andrew Roberts, inspired by the collection.

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Special offer
‘Enjoy’ at the Gielgud Theatre
Discount theatre tickets
£18.50 off top price seats

‘Enjoy’, a rarely-performed gem by Alan Bennett, opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 27th January 2009.  

Top price seats (usually £48.50) reduced to £30 – valid Mon-Thurs, tickets must be booked by 23 January 2009. To take advantage of this offer, please call 0844 482 5130 and quote ‘National Gallery Offer’.

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