A Guide to Places with Pictures and Stories from Life

The National Gallery – London – UK

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The National Gallery (London UK) is adjacent to Trafalgar Square ⇐, St Martin in the Field ⇐ and the National Portrait Gallery ⇐.  Entrance is free and you may photograph (no flash or tripod).  You can also download images but with very limited use.  The website is here ⇒.

Paintings like these provide an insight into past life, attitudes, stories and legends.  Many show the enormous skill of the artists.  All have been brightened a little to compensate for the low lighting and fading/darkening of paint.  You might also like a selection of digitally enhanced versions that try to show their original vibrancy here ⇐.

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

 

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

 

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

 

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

 

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

 

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

 

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

 

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

 

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

 

Eaton College

Eaton College

 

National Gallery Portico - London

National Gallery Portico – London

17 responses

  1. So impressive. I love Cranach the Elder and your last shot resembles the basilica in Budapest tremendously. Such stunning architecture and great photos too. Happy New Year Graham!

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    December 30, 2015 at 21:47

    • I liked the Cranach the Elder too. Such vibrant colours. A happy New Year to you too Cindy. (is that short for Cinderella – have you got a coach and horses). 🙂

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      December 31, 2015 at 08:30

  2. Gorgeous photography as always, Graham. Happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2015 at 23:18

    • Thank you for the encouragement, always welcome and a Happy New Year to you to. 🙂

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      December 31, 2015 at 08:31

      • I appreciate being able to see your wonderful photography of places and things I’d never see for myself. Thank you. And cheers!

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        December 31, 2015 at 09:17

  3. I’ve only managed to go two or three times so far, and always seem to manage to rock up just before closing time. Such impressive artwork though… it’s almost unbelievable now to think of home much time and effort went into each canvas back in the ye olden days.
    P.S. Is that the Turner they sat in front of in Skyfall?

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    January 17, 2016 at 12:09

    • Yes. Although I hadn’t noticed until you commented. Well spotted. 🙂

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      January 17, 2016 at 17:43

      • From what I remember it was a good scene. I got quite excited when I visited and got to sit in the seat where they sat :p

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        January 19, 2016 at 01:31

    • Certainly were feats of skill and patience. I’ll be posting the Queen’s Gallery soon. 🙂

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      January 17, 2016 at 18:12

      • Ooh, i’ll try and keep an eye out for it 🙂 I have been fooled for an embarrassingly long time by seeing the featured content at the top of your blog and thinking there was nothing new… doh! But I am wise to it now 🙂 🙂

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        January 19, 2016 at 01:25

        • As it ‘apens, I’ve been meaning to rearrange the opening page for a while.

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          January 19, 2016 at 12:41

          • I just noticed that you have! My (small?) brain can cope a lot better now 😛

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            February 1, 2016 at 00:39

            • As I often remark “No brain cells were harmed whilst creating this blog (aka travesty) but I can’t guarantee what happens to those who read it”. 😀

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              February 1, 2016 at 13:12

  4. Fabulous shots – such a gorgeous place!

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    January 19, 2016 at 05:41

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