January 2010
January at the National Gallery
It’s your last chance to see ‘The Sacred Made Real’, and the accompanying display, ‘The Making of a Spanish Polychrome Sculpture’, which both close on 24 January. There’s still time to catch ‘Kienholz: The ‘Hoerengracht’, and if you’re making new year’s resolutions you might appreciate talks on ‘pleasure and pain’.
Last chance to see:
The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700
Until 24 January 2010

‘Compelling, dramatic and exciting’
Waldemar Januszczak, The Times

Don’t miss your last chance to see masterpieces by Velázquez and Zurbarán brought together with shockingly realistic painted wooden sculptures.

Detail from Diego Velázquez, ‘The Venerable Mother Jerónima de la Fuente’, 1620 © Private collection. Photo 2009 Gonzalo de la Serna
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January news and highlights
Last chance to see
The Making of a Spanish Polychrome Sculpture
Until 24 January 2010
Admission free

Discover the technical processes involved in creating painted wooden sculptures, as seen in ‘The Sacred Made Real’.

Francisco Antonio Gijón’s lifelike depiction of ‘Saint John of the Cross’ is displayed alongside a modern-day bust-length copy revealing different stages of production.

Detail from Francisco Antonio Ruiz Gijón, Saint John of the Cross, 1675. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Patrons’ Permanent Fund (2003.124.1)
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Kienholz: The Hoerengracht
Admission free

‘The Hoerengracht’ (1983–8), by American artists Ed and Nancy Kienholz, transforms the Sunley Room into a walk-through evocation of Amsterdam’s red-light district.

This provocative installation explores a theme that has been investigated by artists over many centuries and echoes visual traditions well established in European art.

Detail from Ed and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, ‘The Hoerengracht’, 1983–8 © Kienholz. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
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From the shops
Sale now on!

Save up to 50% in our shops sale, in-store and online until 10th January 2010.

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Win film tickets
Sicile!/Une visite au Louvre
Ciné lumière at the Institut français, London,
19 January

Narrated by Julie Kotaï, ‘Une visite au Louvre’ is a fascinating documentary that reveals Cézanne’s thoughts towards many of the Louvre’s masterpieces.

The screening will be preceded by Sicilia!, also directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.

Three pairs of tickets are available to win.

Detail from Veronese, ‘The Wedding Feast at Cana’, 1562–1563, from ‘Une visite au Louvre’
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Theatre offer from the Old Vic
Six Degrees of Separation
8 January – 3 April

David Grindley directs Obi Abili, Anthony Head and Lesley Manville in John Guare’s adrenaline-fuelled Olivier Award-winning play. A sharp, vivacious take on two worlds colliding, it also features a Cézanne painting.

Book for previews by 18 January and get the best available seats for only £30. Quote ‘preview offer’.

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January Focus
Pleasure and Pain
Free talks explore physical feelings, mixed emotions, the harrowing and the blissful.
What’s On Highlights

Friday Lates events

Family Sundays

On display: Titian’s ‘Diana and Actaeon’

News: Michael Landy is new associate artist

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