Sunday, February 04, 2007

The National Gallery

The first time I was in London, in 1992, I remember that there was a temporary exhibition of Portuguese painter Paula Rego at the National Gallery, which, of course, I visited. Today, I visited the permanent collection of paintings, responsible for making the National Gallery one of the world’s great galleries, with works by every major painter from the 13th to the 20th century: Botticelli, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh, etc. As if this wasn’t enough, the National Gallery is currently showing several amazing temporary exhibitions: “Velazquez”, “Renoir Landscapes, 1865-1883”, “Manet to Picasso”, “Cézanne in Britain”, etc. And, on the top of everything, the admission, the guided tours and the audio guide are for free!


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