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'The Virgin in Prayer' is one of Sassoferrato's finest compositions. The blue cloak is painted with costly ultramarine pigment: http://bit.ly/1JAsmEJ
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Visit our ‘Soundscapes’ exhibition for your chance to hear ‘Ultramarine’, @Jamie xx’s response to the optical effects in van Rysselberghe’s ‘Coastal Scene’. A distinctive feature of the painter's work is clusters of white dots sprinkled across the picture surface, which give his paintings an animated, almost dancing quality. He adopted the pointillist style after seeing the work of Seurat.

Experience a new way of looking at paintings this summer. Book your tickets now: http://bit.ly/1h27OOK
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A sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro functions as a gateway to re-examining Duccio's 'The Annunciation' in our free 'Art in Dialogue: Duccio | Caro' exhibition. Come see these two works of art, made almost 700 years apart, together for the first time: http://bit.ly/1J4O3Ro
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The revival of archery as a fashionable sport appears to have served as inspiration for Raeburn's complex and unusual composition in this work, with one brother lit from the left and one shown in shadow: http://bit.ly/1eZwo1f
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Boilly's 'A Girl at a Window' is a grisaille, a work of varying tones, but a single colour. The girl looking at us looking at her, the telescope and fish bowl all play on ideas of vision and illusion: http://bit.ly/1eYKIHn
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#MySoundscapes Does your favourite painting in the Gallery have a soundtrack? With our ‘Soundscapes’ exhibition on throughout the summer, we’d love to hear your musical responses to our collection. You can now download an image of your favourite Gallery work from our website and share it with us, along with your chosen soundtrack and the reason for your choice, on Facebook, Instagram and Google+, or tweet us @NationalGallery using #MySoundscapes.

Find out more about how you can access images of our collection for personal use here: http://bit.ly/1f6AGnC
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This work was painted while Van Gogh was working in the company of his friend, the artist Gauguin, whose armchair he also painted a companion picture of. The two paintings may have been intended to represent the contrasting temperaments and interests of the two artists. Van Gogh died on this day in 1890: http://bit.ly/1J4qyrL
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If you're new to art, join our 'Understanding the painting' group discussions at the Gallery, and develop skills for analysing and understanding paintings. The theme for August is form: http://bit.ly/1gQspp7
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Turner was inspired by Claude's mastery of light and landscape. When he died, he bequeathed a large number of his paintings to the nation on the condition that two of his works be displayed alongside two of Claude’s. Learn more about the four paintings that will be forever linked together: http://bit.ly/1eWiKfp
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Don't miss your chance to see 'El Greco at the National Gallery', on for one more week only. Our exceptional display features El Greco’s altarpiece, 'The Crucifixion with Two Donors', on loan from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, alongside five other El Greco works: http://bit.ly/1gOqQIh
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This summer, enjoy free holiday activities for families. Join us for hands-on art workshops, family tours, storytelling, and more: http://bit.ly/1J2GPxj
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Joanne Rhymer, our Head of Adult Learning Programmes, chose Kool and the Gang's 'Jungle Boogie' to go with 'Surprised!' by Rousseau as her #MySoundscapes: "The rhythm and energy of the painting in the repeated patterns and bright colours made me think of funk music, particularly ‘Jungle Boogie’ because of the obvious link through the title. Also, the song was featured in Tarantino’s 'Pulp Fiction' and, of course, Rousseau’s paintings were, themselves, largely fictitious".

Do you hear music or sounds when you look at your favourite painting? Share your soundtrack with us. Comment here or tweet us @NationalGallery using #MySoundscapes.
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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.

For more information and to find out what's on at the Gallery, please visit our website.