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The National Gallery, situated in Trafalgar Square, Westminister, London is an art gallery. It was established in 1824. There is a vast collection of paintings in the gallery. It has about 2,300 pictures. Some pictures are as old as 700 years ago; they were created in the 1300s. The gallery is an outside charity. It means that it is exempt from registration, and it is the oversight by the Charity Commission for England And Wales. The National Gallery is one of the highly visited art museums in the whole world, and it is like the Bahamas for art lovers. The gallery has been subject to a lot of controversies recently. People think that the exhibitions in the gallery are far too expensive. But the gallery is quite old as it was founded in 1824 when the British government bought 38 paintings from the descendants of John Julius Angerstein. The gallery is not as big as all the galleries in Europe, but it surely is worth a visit; because, in the end, it is the quality what matters and not the quantity. The face of the gallery and its whole infrastructure has been a subject to a lot of development through the years.
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The staff of The National Gallery examined a very famous piece of art by Leonardo Da Vinci, which goes by the name 'The Virgin of The Rocks'. The conservators found a very striking feature about Da Vinci's painting. They used infrared reflectography (a technology used to look through the layers of paintings) to find initial drawings inside. The first focussed on the Virgin's head, but they found a hand and a face of another figure. This suggests that Da Vinci started a project, but he left it to work on what we call today, 'The Virgin of The Rocks'.
The making of The Portrait of Alexander Mornauer started in the 1460s and carried on till the late 1480s. The painting was not that popular until it got a complete makeover in the 18th Century. It is still unknown that who gave the picture a complete makeover, or why did they do so. But the background of the image is wholly changed. It used to be blue earlier, and now it is somewhat brown. The shape of the hat has also improved. There are a lot of details that can be observed in the painting. And this particular change in the picture makes it a must watch.
The Woman at the Window is a painting which dates back to the Renaissance period. When the picture was found, people thought that the underlayers of the art are a bit damaged, but when it was investigated, no underlayer was found to be damaged. However, the picture has undergone a process of repainting. Earlier the woman in the painting was a brunette, but now the art appears to be of an appealing blonde. The picture is known to be Italian, but its artist is still unknown.
How to Get Tickets?
The entry in the gallery is free. It is open to anyone who is an admirer of art.
How To Get Around?
The only way to get around is by walking. However, use of wheelchairs and pushchairs is allowed for people with physical disabilities.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
There is no specific best time. But keep approximately 2-3 hours of your time to visit, choose whatever time suits you the best. The art gallery is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily, and on Friday it is free from 10 am to 9 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
You will not require a guide to have a good time in the art gallery. If you are a true lover of art, you will find what interests you the most by yourself. There is a large variety of paintings that a person chooses to observe.
How To Get There?
Finding your way to the Gallery is very easy. Leicester Square and Charing Cross are the nearest stations. Or if you take a bus, take any bus with routes 3, 9, 11, 23, 91 which stops at Trafalgar Square.
Vandalization of the property of The National Gallery is strictly prohibited. Legal action can be taken against anyone who tries to damage the property of the art gallery.