July 2009
July at the National Gallery
A free exhibition opening this month, ‘Corot to Monet’, offers a breath of fresh air. See a newly cleaned Titian, be dazzled by the power of illusion, or play with National Gallery paintings while you’re on the move.
Opening this month:
Corot to Monet: A Fresh Look at Landscape from the Collection
8 July – 20 September 2009
Admission free

This exhibition charts the development of open-air landscape painting. It examines the influence of the Barbizon School – a group of ‘plein-air’ painters including Corot – on artists such as Monet, as they explored new ways of capturing light and atmosphere in paint.

Detail from Richard Parkes Bonington, ‘La Ferté’, about 1825. Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Gallery pending a decision on permanent allocation, 2007. Photo © The National Gallery, London
Discover ‘Corot to Monet’
July Highlights
Also opening
Titian’s ‘Triumph of Love’
21 July – 20 September
Admission free

This display showcases ‘The Triumph of Love’ by Titian, following recent cleaning.

New research has revealed that the painting functioned as a ‘cover’ to conceal a female portrait.

Detail from Titian, ‘The Triumph of Love’. Copyright of this photograph reserved to The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Photo: The National Gallery, London
See Titian’s ‘Triumph of Love’
Last chance to see
Take One Picture: An Exhibition by Primary Schools Inspired by Turner’s ‘Fighting Temeraire’
Until 12 July
Admission free

Discover the innovative ways in which schools have responded to J. M. W. Turner’s ‘The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up, 1838’.

Photographic project: St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees.
Explore ‘Take One Picture’
Recent acquisition
Attributed to Macchietti: ‘The Charity of Saint Nicholas’
Room 7

The story depicted in this painting gradually evolved into the tradition of Santa Claus.

Curator Elena Greer introduces this acquisition in a free lunchtime talk on 6 July.

Attributed to Girolamo Macchietti, ‘ The Charity of Saint Nicholas’ (detail), about 1555–60 © The National Gallery, London
More about this painting
More about the lunchtime talk
Now available
Love Art: The National Gallery iPhone app

Keep 250 National Gallery paintings with you at all times.

Explore with a range of features including zoomable high-resolution images.

Download Love Art from the iTunes Store. The app is free for a limited time only.

Get closer to the paintings and play on the move with the new National Gallery iPhone app.
Old Masters at your fingertips
New book
The National Gallery: A Short History

Former National Gallery Director Charles Saumarez Smith tells the story of the Gallery’s world-class collection, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the tensions through the centuries between management and board.

This new book by a former director gives an insider’s perspective on the National Gallery.
More about ‘The National Gallery: A Short History’
National Café special offer
Enjoy dinner and a glass of wine for just £10

Choose from our daily specials served with a glass of Spanish El Muro Blanco or Tinto.

Valid from 1 July – 31 August, Monday – Friday from 5pm.

Enjoy modern European dining for less at the National Café this summer.
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Shop online

July Focus
Free talks look at paintings that fool the eye
What’s On Highlights
Courses, lectures and workshops

Holiday fun for families and young people

Film season: Souls Sown in Soil
Accompanies the ‘Corot to Monet’ exhibition

Friday Late events

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Plan your visit
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
Open daily 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 9pm