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Revealing the three paintings shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2016. Which is your winner?

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Release your inner fashionista at our exclusive Late Shift Extra inspired by Vogue 100!

Enjoy glamorous cocktails and fabulous music, pose in the Gallery’s pop-up photo studio, listen to talks on photography, beauty and fashion and get the chance to see Vogue 100: A Century of Style after hours.

Tickets available NOW:

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We're excited to reveal a new exhibition for 2016 - Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky.

Opening in March next year, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Find out more here:

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"What I’m saying in this show actually contradicts what Giacometti said about himself... From the word go, age 13 when he started making art, right through to his death, Giacometti had an unbroken relationship with portraiture."

With a week to go until Giacometti: Pure Presence opens, curator Paul Moorhouse speaks to Christie's about staging the exhibition and uncovering the artist's 'double life'.

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The curator of the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s portraits talks to Florence Waters about where his iconic figures came from — and how Giacometti has ‘led people astray’
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Announcing Vogue 100: A Century of Style. Opening February 2016, our exhibition will showcase the remarkable range of photography commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, telling the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.


Sponsored by LEON MAX. Spring Season 2016 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills.

Image: The varnished truth: Jean Patchett by Clifford Coffin, 1951. Condé Nast Archive New York © Condé Nast Inc.


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Tonight we reveal the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015. Follow us on Twitter from 19.30 to find out who has won the £30,000 First Prize...

See all selected portraits on display at the Gallery from this Thursday.

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Sir Bob Geldof is among the faces to be seen in this year’s entries for the world’s most prestigious portrait prize.
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We are proud to have framed this picture for artist Nathalie Beauvillain Scott and were delighted to see it in the gallery in the flesh.
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Announcing a new exhibition for summer 2016! Opening 21 July, William Eggleston Portraits will bring together over 100 works by the pioneering American photographer, renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets. Find out more:

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Calling all portrait painters! We are now accepting entries for the BP Portrait Award 2016.

Find out more and enter here:

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"Out of his faith in people, Giacometti created an art of heroic ordinariness" (Jonathan Jones, +The Guardian)

Giacometti: Pure Presence is now open. Book tickets here:

Sponsored by +Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Take a look inside our new Hepburn exhibition in this exclusive preview from Vogue.

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Few can possess the mantle of icon, yet when it comes to Audrey Hepburn, another moniker just doesn't do her justice
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Congratulations to Matan Ben Cnaan, who has won the BP Portrait Award 2015 for his allegorical portrait, Annabelle and Guy. 

See his winning portrait and all selected works when the exhibition opens to the public this Thursday:

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Working and living between Madrid and Florida, Borja Buces Renard has painted his mother Paloma and his brother Jaime in the living room of his parents’ house on a typical Sunday when the family would gather and talk. But his portrait has an added poignancy as his father, who had not been able to join them for such Sunday gatherings for some time due to illness, passed away a few weeks after the painting was finished.

The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 16 June. See the full shortlist here:

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Paintings and photographs of aristocratic and famous figures throughout British history.- Google
"My favourite portrait gallery anywhere in the world."
"Lots of modern art works with some nice classics, but was slightly crowded."
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a month ago
Portraits, only portraits. To some that might sound a bit boring, but it is not. Behind every portrait there is a story and some of these are really good (just read Bill Bryson). How to make a representation of a person? That is not an easy task, but something you can study here.
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Simon Daley
3 weeks ago
One of the best art museums in the world, fantastic selection of works and enough space that it never feels too busy. Only suggestion would be having a coin donation box at the exit, as they requested a £5 note minimum and I only had coins, so the museum ended up getting nothing.
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Richard Mark Szpigiel
4 months ago
A penetrating meditation on humans and portraiture. The parade of faces and gazes is hard to shake from the memory. A one-of-a-kind museum experience. A worthy destination for visitors to London and locals alike. (Sadly, not open Christmas Eve, as Google might have you believe.)
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Rob Cursons
5 months ago
Another brilliant London gallery, world class displays and exhibitions and home to the BP Portrait Awards. The facilities are plenty, its clean and modern with a good gift shop too, well worth a visit if you're London bound and doing a gallery tour.
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Colin Smith
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I like the combination of free and not free access to the various exhibits. The free ones encourage me to go in but then, when I'm hooked, I'll pay to go into one of the special exhibits which are usually worth paying for.
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Iain Houten
2 weeks ago
A multi-level chronological portrait exhibition dating from around the Elizabethan age. My favourite was the Regency period, although I would refer to it as the Romantic period.
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Robert Sutcliffe
3 months ago
The National Portrait Gallery has an amazing mix of portrait paintings. Entrance is free with occasional paid for exhibitions which are well worth it. Look out for the portrait photography competitions which are top quality!
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Nick Ellis
7 months ago
Good museum about history of England's key players through portraits. Free admission. Gve yourself 1-2 hrs to tour. EXCEPTIONAL restaurant and great lunch spot woth views of London. 26 GBP 2-course lunch that was excellent with great service.