Trip to London ~ The National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

National Portrait Gallery London UK 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 Street Art on Trafalgar Square ~ Christmas 2017

More Street Art on Trafalgar Square ~ Christmas 2017

 

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. )

A Regatta on the Grand Canal (1740) by Canaletto

 

Still Life, Oil on Canvas

 

The lace work painted was vibrant and realistic.

 

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) by Joseph Wright Derby

 

Painting on Wall : Venus and Mars (about 1485) by Sandro Boticelli
Painting on the chest: Cassone with Tournament scene (1455-1465) by unknown Florentine artist

 

The Adoration of the Kings (1500) by Vincenzo Foppa

 

The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus), 1647-51 by Diego Velazquez

 

The Origin of the Milky Way, 1545 by Jacopo Tintoretto

 

The Virgin and the Child with Six Angels, 1315 by Master of the Albertini

 

The Virgin of the Rocks, 1491/2-9 and 1506-08 by Leonardo da Vinci

 

The Manchester Madonna, 1497 by Michelangelo (unfinished work)

 

The Balbi Children, 1625-27 by Anthony van Dyck

 

Equestrian Portrait of Charles I, 1637-38 by Anthony van Dyck

 

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, 1736-37 by Jan van Huysum

 

The Four Elements : Water, 1569 by Joachim Beuckelaer

 

The Four Elements : Earth, 1569 by Joachim Beuckelaer

 

The Four Elements : Fire, 1569 by Joachim Beuckelaer

 

The Four Elements : Air, 1569 by Joachim Beuckelaer

 

Two Crabs, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh

 

Wheat field with Cypresses, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh

 

Van Gogh’s Chair, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh

 

Sunflowers, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh

 

Cornelis van der Geest, 1620 by Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of Bibi la Puree, 1901 by Pablo Picasso

 

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!

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