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Masterpieces of The National Gallery

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Masterpieces of The National Gallery

The National Gallery came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of a leading patron of the arts, in 1824. After that initial purchase, the Gallery was shaped mainly by its early directors and by private donations, which comprise two-thirds of the collection. The resulting collection is encyclopedic in scope covering most major developments in Western Painting.

For more insights, see our book "MASTERPIECES of the NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON."

MASTERPIECES of the NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON covers the essential Masterpieces of the National Gallery to tell the story of Western European painting.

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The NATIONAL GALLERY of LONDON'S collection is representative of the major Art Movements over a period of seven centuries. This book guides readers to the essential Masterpieces of the National Gallery.

A sample of the Contents of MASTERPIECES of the NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

PART I. INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY
1. The National Gallery
2. The History of the National Gallery
PART II. 13TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
3. 13th Century Art
4. “The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Narrative Scenes” by Margarito d’Arezzo
5. “The Virgin and Child” by Master of the Clarisse
6. “Crucifix” by Master of Saint Francis
PART III. 14TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
7. 14th Century Art
8. Wilton Diptych
9. “The Annunciation” by Duccio
10. “The Healing of the Man Born Blind” by Duccio
PART IV. 15TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
11. 15th Century Art
12. “Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan van Eyck
13. “The Battle of San Romano” by Paolo Uccello
14. “Venus and Mars” by Sandro Botticelli
15. “Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan” by Giovanni Bellini
PART V. 16TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
16. 16th Century Art
17. “The Raising of Lazarus” by Sebastiano del Piombo
18. “Salvator Mundi” by Andrea Previtali
19. “Bacchus and Ariadne” by Titian
20. “The Ambassadors” by Hans Holbein the Younger
21. “Diana and Actaeon” by Titian
PART VI. 17TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
22. 17th Century Art
23. “Equestrian Portrait of Charles I” by Anthony van Dyck
24. “A Young Woman standing at a Virginal” by Johannes Vermeer
25. “Venus at her Mirror” by Diego Velázquez
26. “Samson and Delilah” by Peter Paul Rubens
PART VII. 18TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
27. 18th Century Art
28. “Mr and Mrs Andrews” by Thomas Gainsborough
29. “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump” by Joseph Wright of Derby
30. “Self-portrait in a Straw Hat” by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
PART VIII. 19TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
31. 19th Century Art
32. “The Emperor Napoleon I” by Horace Vernet
33. “Dido Building Carthage” by J. M. W. Turner
34. “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows” by John Constable
35. “The Fighting Temeraire” by Joseph Mallord William Turner
36. “Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway” by J. M. W. Turner
37. “Cimabue’s Celebrated Madonna is carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence” by Frederic Leighton
38. “Bathers at Asnières” by Georges Seurat
39. “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh
40. “After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself” by Edgar Degas
41. “Boulevard Montmartre at Night” by Camille Pissarro
PART IX. 20TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
42. 20th Century Art
43. “Misia Sert” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
44. “Portrait of Hermine Gallia” by Gustav Klimt
45. “Men of the Docks” by George Bellows
PART X. CROSSWORD PUZZLES
46. The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #1
47. The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #2
48. The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #3
49. The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #4
50. The National Gallery, London – Word Search #1
PART XI. APPENDIX
51. The Appendix Collection
52. Tips for visiting the National Gallery
53. Art Movements
54. National Gallery Floor Plan
55. Ten Reasons to Read our Books
56. Quotes about the National Gallery, Art, History and Museums
57. Joy of Museums
58. Glossary for Museums, Art and History
59. Answers: The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #1
60. Answers: The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #2
61. Answers: The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #3
62. Answers: The National Gallery, London – Crossword Puzzle #4
ACCURACY, SOURCES and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Comments and Feedback Welcomed

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