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Happy Canada Day to our Canadian visitors. Did you know that at the start of World War Two, with widespread bombing of London expected, our collection was nearly evacuated by ship to Canada? In the end, due to the vulnerability of the ships to U-boat attacks, the paintings were stored in Wales: http://bit.ly/1fzYukb
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Bosschaert the Elder is known for compositions which carefully balance form and colour. This still life is painted on smooth copper, enhancing the extraordinary detail of his brushwork: http://bit.ly/1fAEhuP
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The Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis and Mathieu, worked in collaboration and it is not possible to distinguish their individual hands. It has been suggested that they are the three main figures in this painting: http://bit.ly/1GwnteU
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Rubens was born on this day in 1577. His works show the influence of Michelangelo and Caravaggio, as well as his studies of classical sculptures: http://bit.ly/1fwbMhJ
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Today is the final day to enter our art DVD and book bundle giveaway. Sign up to our e-news and you could win one of five bundles from our shop, which include Frederick Wiseman’s ‘National Gallery’, Exhibition on Screen’s ‘Rembrandt’ and ‘The National Gallery Companion Guide’ by Erika Langmuir: http://bit.ly/1fszJGD
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Corot was best known as a landscape painter, but in his final years he turned increasingly to depicting models in his studio. What do you think of 'Italian Woman'? http://bit.ly/1fx3G8D
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Claude's 'A View in Rome' depicts an imaginary ruin, on the right, combined with a view of the Convento del Sacro Cuore (Convent of the Sacred Heart) and the church attached to it, on the left. The buildings are at the top of what is today called the Spanish Steps: http://bit.ly/1GssrcB
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Neuroscientists have discovered that looking at a beautiful artwork can increase blood flow to the part of the brain associated with pleasure. Our upcoming session will discuss whether size, colour, and subject matter make a difference to our emotional response. No prior knowledge of art history is necessary: http://bit.ly/1fEyRyN
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Thank you to everyone who entered our art DVD and book bundle giveaway last week. We have contacted the winners, please check your email to see if you've won. Items from the bundle are also available to purchase individually from our shop: http://bit.ly/1RLHcN5
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Our free Take One Picture display features work by primary schools in response to Bermejo’s ‘Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil’. Students at Clayesmore Prep found inspiration in Saint Michael’s cloak. They used cut paper so they could try out many different design ideas before committing to one final piece. Pupil William Leonard said ‘I loved laying out my strong rainbow colours. I think it really worked because I had a pattern in the colours as well as the shapes’: http://bit.ly/1fJitgo
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Monet married his wife Camille on this day in 1870. She is probably the figure to the left in ‘The Beach at Trouville’. Have you ever stood in front of this portrait? Grains of sand are still present in the paint: http://bit.ly/1G6uanJ
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Are you following us on Instagram? Journey through the details in our rooms and our collection. Discover and share with us using #NationalGallery: http://bit.ly/1fEXACY
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One of the greatest collections of Western European painting
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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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