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The National Gallery in London tells the story of European art through its collection of over 2,300 paintings. The artwork spans from the mid-13th century to 1900, which means many masterpieces to explore when you visit.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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National Gallery

Where is the National Gallery in London?

The National Gallery enjoys an iconic home in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster. Thanks to its location, visiting the National Gallery is easy for many tourists already exploring Central London.
It's also conveniently close to Charring Cross station, just a few minutes walk from the train station doors. Take Southeastern trains here, or get the Bakerloo or Northern underground lines to Charring Cross. Leicester Square (Northern and Picadilly lines) and Picadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Picadilly) tube stations are also within walking distance.

Unmissable artwork at the National Gallery

Wondering what you'll see when you visit the National Gallery? The gallery is famous for having the best collection of Italian Renaissance paintings outside Italy. Plus impressive displays of British, Dutch and Flemish painters. The most famous pieces in the National Gallery include Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci and Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh.

1. Arnolfini Portrait, Jan van Eyck (1434)

This full-length portrait is thought to show richly-dressed Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini, an Italian merchant, and his wife.

2. Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo Da Vinci (1491-1508)

Virgin of the Rocks is one of three panel paintings Da Vinci created for Milan's church of San Francesco Grande. The work is thought to represent the Immaculate Conception.

3. Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

This is one of Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers series, which includes five versions of similar paintings. The Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers is a firm favourite of visitors to the National Gallery. The artist wanted to be known as the painter of sunflowers; safe to say he achieved his aim!

4. The Bathers, Paul Cézanne (1898)

Cézanne's Bathers is a perfect example of the artist's methodological approach; he worked on the painting for seven years until he died, but it's still considered unfinished. Cézanne painted the subject of nude bathers throughout much of his career, so don't miss the opportunity to see one in the flesh.

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