National Gallery, London
– Impressionism Livestream Tour –
Hosted by Robert Kelleman
– Washington, DC History & Culture –
Friday, January 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Let’s visit the National Gallery in London, one of the world’s greatest art museums, to see their fabulous Impressionism collection. Highlights include works by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir and many more. A few of the paintings in the collection were actually painted in London.
One a later date we’ll tour some of the other National Gallery collections.
The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
The Gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the government on behalf of the British public, and entry to the main collection is free of charge.
Unlike comparable museums in continental Europe, the National Gallery was not formed by nationalising an existing royal or princely art collection. It came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein in 1824. After that initial purchase, the Gallery was shaped mainly by its early directors, especially Charles Lock Eastlake, and by private donations, which now account for two-thirds of the collection. The collection is smaller than many European national galleries, but encyclopaedic in scope; most major developments in Western painting “from Giotto to Cézanne” are represented with important works.
The present building, the third to house the National Gallery, was designed by William Wilkins from 1832 to 1838. Only the facade onto Trafalgar Square remains essentially unchanged from this time, as the building has been expanded piecemeal throughout its history.