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Masterpieces of The National Gallery

National Gallery, London

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 encyclopaedic in scope covering most major developments in Western painting.

The National Gallery has many Masterpieces. Below are just some of the highlights:

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