The National Gallery has become a unique museum in the world because of the decision to exhibit its entire collection. In fact, visiting any one of its halls gives you a complete journey in the history of European Art in the XIII and XIX centuries. The second criteria for selecting the works of art was in fact that of promoting an understanding of the development of the different artistic schools and periods through the main works of art of the great masters. The National Gallery is in a neoclassical building which occupies all of the northern side of Trafalgar Square. The museum’s original collection was made up of 38 paintings, bought by the English government in 1824. Subsequent purchases have brought the number of art works in the current collection to a total of circa 2000. In the National Gallery it is possible to admire, just to drop a few names, masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance (Masaccio, Gentile da Fabriano, Lorenzo Monaco) and fourth century Sienese art works, not to mention Caravaggio paintings and other sixth century Italian paintings.
Opening hours and how to visit the National Gallery
The main entrance is in Trafalgar Square.
Tel. n° 02077472885.
The National Gallery is open from: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., except for Wednesday when it is open from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.;
for guided tours it is open: Monday to Friday tours at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m., except for Wednesday when the tours are at 2.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.