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George Stubbs was born #OnThisDay in 1724. Stubbs is best remembered for his paintings of horses and his conversation pieces. Having studied anatomy, Stubbs's pictures of horses are among the most accurate ever painted. 'Whistlejacket' hangs in Room 34: http://bit.ly/2bhbcF3
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This painting is one of the most famous by Rubens in the Collection. The title 'Le Chapeau de Paille' (meaning The Straw Hat) was first used in the 18th century. In fact the hat is not straw; 'paille' may be an error for 'poil', which is the French word for felt: http://bit.ly/2b1k44M
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Jean-Honoré Fragonard died #OnThisDay in 1806. 'Psyche showing her Sisters her Gifts from Cupid' is an early work by Fragonard, executed in 1753, the year after he had won the Prix de Rome and before his first Italian visit. An immediate success, it was exhibited with other paintings at Versailles in 1754: http://bit.ly/2bh85g9
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'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein the Younger memorialises two wealthy, educated and powerful young men. On the left is Jean de Dinteville, aged 29, French ambassador to England in 1533. To the right stands his friend, Georges de Selve, aged 25, bishop of Lavaur, who acted on several occasions as ambassador to the Emperor, the Venetian Republic and the Holy See. You can see the painting in Room 4: http://bit.ly/2bbe8mA
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I have seen this painting in NG of London a few years ago and what supised me? Of course quantity of detail, mystery, message and size. I thought it's smaller.
It seems that all the goods, all the things of this world are worth next to nothing and above all of everything dominates faith and MEMENTO MORI.
Polish famous composer and guitarist wrote a song about this painting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_4MPCPFO7s&spfreload=10 
unfortunately the lyrics is just in polish.
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This portrait was at one time attributed to Rembrandt, from whose style it derives and whose false signature it bears. More recently, it was attributed to Willem Drost, one of Rembrandt's pupils between 1650–4, although it bears only a generic resemblance to works by that artist: http://bit.ly/2aXoedQ
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This is the third in a series of four paintings by Nicolas Lancret - 'Morning', 'Midday', 'Afternoon' and 'Evening' - known also as Les Heures du Jour (The Hours of the Day). Two women watch a man and a woman playing backgammon. Gaming was a popular pursuit among the leisured classes of 18th-century France: http://bit.ly/2baLYIm
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Join us this September for our six-week Stories of Art course and gain insight into early Renaissance painting, including the art of Duccio and di Cione. Learn more and book tickets here: http://bit.ly/2bD8NV0
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Watch Betsy Wieseman, curator of 'Dutch Flowers', and collector Brian Capstick discuss the charm and attraction of Dutch Flower painting at one of our lunchtime talks: http://bit.ly/2bbkN39
Closing on 29 August, don't miss our 'Dutch Flowers' display in Room 1: http://bit.ly/29rx96A
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Join us this Friday for our free BSL-interpreted Friday Late. Scientific Officer David Peggie will explore the work of the Scientific Department at the National Gallery from the history and analysis of artists' materials, to how the paintings have changed over time, revealing a few surprises in the process: http://bit.ly/2b1gEix
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Jan van Huysum’s paintings commanded extraordinary prices during his lifetime and were collected by princes and aristocrats across Europe. With its bright, light palette, 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' typifies the decorative shift in van Huysum’s style, which influenced flower painters throughout the 18th century: http://bit.ly/1SY7YXb
This work features in 'Dutch Flowers' our free display in Room 1, now in its final weeks: http://bit.ly/29rx96A
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The Duc de Bouillon, general of the Papal army, commissioned Claude to paint both this painting, 'The Mill', and the 'Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba' in 1647 and they were completed the following year. This painting was among the pictures owned by the Gallery when it first opened in 1824: http://bit.ly/2aXzyXA
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Guido Reni died #OnThisDay in 1642. 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' is one of the two very late large-scale treatments of the subject by Reni; the other was for the Certosa di S. Martino in Naples (and remains in situ). This painting hangs in Room 32: http://bit.ly/2b3xvOk
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The National Gallery in London houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries, with works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more. This collection is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

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