The National Gallery, right on Trafalgar Square, is a marvellous collection of artwork, specifically paintings, that cannot and must not be missed by anyone who is visiting London. The art museum houses Western European artwork from the 13th to the 19th century.
Before our London trip last December, I had a list of places I wanted to visit and see in the city. Once we reached and started walking around, we realized that we wanted to experience the ambiance and each historical marvel without rushing it. AB’s friend who lives there told us we should not, by any means, miss The National Gallery. The galley was a few blocks walk from our hotel, The Strand Palace. The National Gallery is easily accessible, right in the center of the city at Trafalgar Square. (Here’s some historical trivia – the location of National Gallery was chosen at the Trafalgar Square way back in the 1830’s because the initial location was too small. The initial art collection had been bought by the House of Commons from a banker, John Julius Angerstein, and his house didn’t do justice when compared to other art museums in Europe. So the Parliament finally decided on the central Trafalgar Square with an expansive building divided into wings, to showcase all the artwork.)
The visit to National Gallery was surreal, to say the least. We were astounded by the high quality colors, oils, technique, and artistic know-how that artists of the early centuries had. Their knowledge about human anatomy, light and shadow, proportions were perfect. I am a History major with a masters in History as well. What ever I learned about the Renaissance and the revival of art and culture seemed to be coming to life on the walls of the National Gallery.
(Tip to Travel : You could take the tube to Charing Cross station and walk it to the Gallery. It is, however, a whole day affair if you’d like to see the gallery properly and not just skim through it. At the very least, keep 4-5 hours for this Gallery, if not more. You can also come here on multiple days, entry is free. )
Since it was so close to our stay in London, we’d often be walking to places. And on purpose we’d walk over to Trafalgar Square and see the National Gallery standing tall in all its glory. It’s one of the finest art museums and deserves at least one visit by anyone who sets foot into the city of London for the first time. Highly recommend.
I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos. And trust me, it’s not even 1/100th of what’s in there! Until next time, happy weekend!