National Gallery Provides Students with Diverse Range of Summer Events

student news portraitAs term time well and truly comes to a close, Young Academic will be bringing you all the events a student needs to keep  busy during the summer months. The Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide has already brought  dozens of fantastic previews and there are plenty more to come. For any of you interested in the arts, the National Gallery is holding a range workshops and exhibitions perfect for conscientious students. Have a look at the Young Academic student news listings.

Exhibitions and Displays


Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500

6 July – 2 October 2011

Sainsbury Wing

Admission Free

With support from The Jerusalem Trust

Using the Gallery’s own collection, Devotion by Design explores the function, the original location and the development of altarpieces in Italy during the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. The exhibition invites you to discover familiar works in a new light, and offers the chance to see other paintings that are rarely on display. Walk around free-standing altarpieces to examine how they were made, and see virtual reconstructions of disassembled altarpieces. One room in the show will evoke a Renaissance-era church, giving the sense of encountering altarpieces in a 15th-century sacred space.


An accompanying catalogue is available from the Gallery shops, price £19.99.

A range of prints and cards is also available.

Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection

22 June – 18 September 2011

Sunley Room

Admission Free

This landmark exhibition explores the vital role national landscape painting played in European culture 150 years ago. It includes works by Johan Christian Dahl, ‘inventor’ of Norwegian landscape painting, along with work by his student Thomas Fearnley. It also features work by Alexandre Calame, the father of the Swiss tradition.

A fully illustrated catalogue by curators Chris Riopelle and Sarah Herring is available from the Gallery shops. The Sunley Room Exhibition Programme is generously supported by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.

Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery

27 July – 30 October 2011

Room 1

Admission Free

This exhibition illuminates the life and work of the Gallery’s first director, Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793–1865), a man described by one contemporary as ‘the Alpha and Omega’ of the Victorian art world. Eastlake transformed the way the National Gallery was run. He also established policies for the acquisition and display of paintings, many of which are still in place today. The exhibition features material from the National Gallery’s archive shown alongside some of Eastlake’s key acquisitions for the collection.

Art for the Nation coincides with the publication of the Walpole Society’s centenary edition of Eastlake’s travel notebooks. A new biography of Eastlake and his wife and nephew, by exhibition curator Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, and Dr Julie Sheldon, Reader in Art History at Liverpool John Moores University, is also available. You can buy both books from the Gallery shops.

Take One Picture

Until 25 September 2011

Room G

Admission Free

A display of work by primary schools inspired by the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio’s Tobias and the Angel. A Take One Picture DVD is available from the Gallery shops. Take One Picture is generously supported by The Dorset Foundation and by The Tavolozza Foundation.

Visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions to find out more.

Free Tours, Talks and Activities

Daily guided tours

60-minute taster tours of the collection

Every day, 11.30am and 2.30pm; also 7pm on Fridays, Sainsbury Wing Information desk

If you are visiting as a group of more than four people, you can book a self-guided or tailor-made tours in advance see www.nationalgallery. org.uk/visiting/organise-agroup- visit

Ten-minute talks

These short talks focus on one painting, repeated on the same day throughout the month.

Friday–Tuesday, 4pm, locations vary.

Ten-minute talks are given in BSL and BSL-interpreted on Saturdays 3 & 24 September.

See www.nationalgallery.org.uk/calendar for details.

Themed tours

Every Tuesday, 1–2pm Sainsbury Wing Information desk

(Spaces limited to 40, first-come, first-served on day)

2 August & 13 September

The Bible in Art (with readings from the King James Bible marking its 400th anniversary)

9 August & 6 September

Portrait Painting

16 August & 20 September

Making & Breaking: Fragments of Paintings

23 August & 27 September

Light and Atmosphere in Painting

30 August

Food and Feasts in Painting

Lunchtime Talks


Focus in on one painting in our lunchtime talks in the Gallery (30 minutes, every Saturday and some Thursdays) or explore wider themes in the collection and our exhibitions at our in-depth talks (45 minutes, Sainsbury Wing Information desk).


Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Picturing the Word

A series of Thursday talks examining the connections between art and literature.

4 August

Dutch Proverbs: Jan Steen: The Effects of Intemperance

Jo Rhymer, Room 22, 1pm

11 August

Manet and Baudelaire

Rebecca Lyons, R43, 1pm

18 August

Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece: Saints Peter and Dorothy

Caroline Smith, Room 64, 1pm

25 August

Virgil and Claude: Landscape with Aeneas at Delos

Richard Stemp, Room 20, 1pm

1 September

Titian and Ovid

Norman Coady, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm

22 September

La Hyre: Allegory of Grammar

Rebecca Lyons, Room 18, 1pm

‘Devotion by Design’ talks. Accompanying the Gallery’s current major exhibition.

8 September

The Art of Worship

The Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm

The vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields introduces us to his new book (see p.16) and discusses how National Gallery paintings can be a source of spiritual reflection and contemplation.

15 September

Tying up the Testaments: New

Meanings for Old Stories

Richard Stemp, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm

15 September

Holding on to Heaven – Art and Respect for Relics

Richard Stemp, SWCR1,

3.30 – 4.15pm

Following a 1.15pm talk at the British Museum, introducing their Treasures of Heaven exhibition of relics, join lecturer Richard Stemp to take the story further, looking at the connections between relics and some of the masterpieces in the National Gallery’s collection.

Saturday Lunchtime Talks

6 August

Correggio: The School of Love

Karly Allen, Room D, 1pm

13 August

Fragonard: Psyche showing her Sisters Gifts from Cupid

Richard Stemp, Room 33, 1pm

20 August

Crivelli: The Demidoff Altarpiece

Vivienne Loren, Room 59, 1pm

27 August

Titian: The Vendramin Family

Rebecca Drew, Room 9, 1pm

3 September

Wright ‘of Derby’: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (BSL interpreted)

Rachel Barnes, Room 34, 1pm

10 September

Del Piombo: The Raising of Lazarus

Steven Barrett, Room 8, 1pm

17 September

Poussin: The Adoration of the Golden Calf

Steven Barrett, Room 19, 1pm

24 September

Stubbs: Whistlejacket (BSL interpreted)

Sarah Tombs, Room 34, 1pm

‘Introducing…’ talks

Every Wednesday, 1 & 1.30pm

Who was Toulouse-Lautrec? Never heard of Titian? These talks provide an introduction to particular artists and their work in the Gallery’s collection.

3 August & 7 September

Van Dyck (1pm)

Gainsborough (1.30pm)

10 August & 14 September

Degas (1pm)

Toulouse-Lautrec (1.30pm)

17 August & 21 September

Rubens (1pm)

Koninck (1.30pm)

24 August & 28 September

Giovanni Bellini (1pm)

Titian (1.30pm)

31 August

Seurat (1pm)

Gallen-Kellela (1.30pm)

For details visit the website or see events poster/ask at Information Desks.

Talk and Draw


Fridays 1–2pm (except last Friday of each month)

Limited to 40 places, first-come first-served on the day.

Join an artist and lecturer to explore a painting in two different ways. First, listen to a short talk, then make your own response by making a drawing with the materials provided.

5 August & 2 September

Zurburán: Saint Francis in Meditation

12 August & 9 September

Pintoricchio: Penelope with the Suitors

19 August & 16 September

Cézanne: Hillside in Provence

23 September

Picturing the Word: Imaginative Drawing

Talk and Create

Be inspired by the collection to make a 3D creation. All materials provided (places limited to 40, first-come, first-served on the day).

Friday 26 August 1–2.15pm, Room 20

Luminous Landscape Lanterns

Friday 30 September 1–2.15pm, Room 53

Precious Paperweights



Thursday 29 September, 1–2.50pm (performance includes short interval) Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Join award-winning storytelling duo Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden for a moving retelling of enthralling stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Michael Landy Open Studio

Thursday 18 August, 3–3.45pm, repeated 3.45−4.30pm. (Limited to 15 places per session. First-come, first-served on the day at the Getty Information Desk)

A chance to meet our Associate Artist and visit his studio.

Art Through Words

Verbal description sessions for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Last Saturday of each month, 11.30am–12.45pm, Sainsbury Wing Information Desk

Please call 020 7747 5820 to guarantee a place.

Deaf presenter-led talks

Saturday 3 September, 4–4.10pm, with Deborah Neve

Saturday 24 September, 2.30–3pm and 4–4.10pm, with John Wilson

See www.nationalgallery.org.uk/calendar for more details about free events.

Family Activities Family Sundays

Every Sunday

Join us for art workshops

(11am & 2pm), while under- 5s can jump aboard the Magic Carpet for storytelling.

(10.30am & 11.30am).

Holiday fun for families with children aged 5 to 11

Body Talk workshop

2, 3 & 4 August,10.30am, repeated 1pm & 3pm (80min)

Explore the body with anatomist Sarah Simblet.

Rhythms Abound workshop

9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 August

11am, repeated 2pm (2 hrs)

Join artist Marc Woodhead and music group Saltarello on a sonic journey.

For children aged 2–5


Tuesdays 2, 9 & 16 August,11.30–12 noon

Drawing Stories

Wednesdays 3, 10 & 17 August, 10.30–11.30am

Art-making and play

Growing Out Loud

Thursdays 4, 11 & 18 August, 10.30am–12 noon

Talk, play, sing and create.

For all ages

Family Walk and Talk

3, 10 & 17 August, 4 September, 12.30–1.30pm

Family trails and audio tours are also available every day all year. Meet in the Education Centre Foyer for all events. Places are limited and allocated on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/families

Talks and Lectures


Cataloguing Early Italian Paintings in the National Gallery

Friday 16 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£6/£4 concessions

Dillian Gordon

To coincide with the publication of a new National Gallery Catalogue, The Italian Paintings Before 1400, Dillian Gordon will discuss some of the new information to emerge in recent years, a period which has seen some major acquisitions, notably Cimabue’s panel of the Virgin and Child, a remarkable survival from the mid-13th century. Followed by a book signing.


Praised to the Skies: Ideal Orders in Italian Renaissance Altarpieces

Friday 23 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£6/£4 concessions

Alison Wright

From the later 15th century onwards, the Virgin Mary takes on ever more commanding positions

within Italian altarpieces, with Giorgione’s Castelfranco Madonna being amongst the most impressively elevated. This lecture explores some motivations and effects of this development in northern Italian works, many of them in the National Gallery.


Devotion by Design: Some Reflections on the Exhibition

Friday 30 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£6/£4 concessions

Giles Goddard, Alison Watt and Colin Wiggins

As the Devotion by Design exhibition draws to a close, The Reverend Giles Goddard, Priest in Charge at St John’s Church, Waterloo, and artist Alison Watt (whose exhibition, Phantom, was

held at the Gallery in 2008) will join Colin Wiggins of the National Gallery in discussing the relevance of sacred art in today’s secular society.

Wine, Nibbles and Talk

Sassetta and Saint Francis

Friday 5 August, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments

Linda Bolton

Sassetta’s charming narrative panels from his now-dismembered altarpiece are a highlight of the Gallery’s collection of early Renaissance painting. Linda Bolton will discuss the original appearance and function of the altarpiece and examine the extraordinary story of the saint, one of the most influential figures of the 13th century.

Toulouse-Lautrec: Posters, Paint, Performance

Friday 19 August, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments

Jo Rhymer

Looking at posters, paintings and works on paper by Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as contemporary photographs, we will consider how bohemian Paris became a centre of artistic experimentation. We will see how Toulouse-Lautrec’s representations of the modern city, in all its complexities, are as relevant today as when they were created.

Winter Peaks, Summer Lakes

Friday 2 September, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments

Rachel Dow

Johann Christian Dahl, the ‘father of Norwegian painting’, takes his cue from the rest of Europe even when depicting the snowy peaks of Norway. And a later generation of Norwegian landscapists studied in Paris, then returned home to capture the luminous magic of Norwegian summer nights.

Courses and Study Mornings


Northern Renaissance Altarpieces and their Italian Connections

Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 August, 11am–12.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£50/£40 concessions

Richard Williams

North European altarpieces did not only have a great influence on the development of altarpiece painting in Italy, they are also wonderful works in their own right. This course

will provide an opportunity to consider some of the great painters from the Netherlands

and Germany alongside their more familiar Italian contemporaries.


Fashioning Identities: Clothing the Renaissance Body

Wednesdays 7, 14, 21 September, 3–4.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£50/£40 concessions

Jacqui Ansell

‘God has given you one shape and you fashion yourself another’. So declared a writer who disapproved of the tailor’s art. Dramatists, poets and moralists from Shakespeare’s time and beyond help us to decode the complex language of dress, drapery and deportment in Renaissance painting.

Study Morning

Exhibition in Focus: Devotion by Design

Saturday 10 September, 10.30am–1.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£14/£11 concessions

This morning will take a close look at some of the issues raised by the exhibition. Jennifer Sliwka, co-curator of the exhibition; Ben Quash of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London; and historian David Ekserdjian will discuss the original appearance and function of some of the Gallery’s collection of Renaissance altarpieces.

Films and Special Events

Divine Doubt Film Season

Saturdays 24 September– 12 November 2.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, £6/£5 concessions

24 September


(Jessica Hausner, 2009), colour, cert U, 99 min

1 October

Cries and Whispers

(Viskningar och rop)

(Ingmar Bergman, 1972), colour, cert 18, 91 mins

8 October


(Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955), B&W, cert 12, 119 mins

15 October

Les croix de bois

(Wooden Crosses)

(Raymond Bernard, 1932), B&W, 110 mins

See full details and book tickets at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/film

Dame Myra Hess Day

Tuesday 4 October

Lunchtime Concert

1.15–2.15pm, Room 36

£10/£7 concessions

The Ionian Singers, conductor Timothy Salter

To include music by Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Holst and Howells, and English Folk Song arrangements.

Afternoon Performance – Admission: One Shilling

3.30–4.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

£7/£5 concessions

Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge and international concert pianist Piers Lane tell the

extraordinary story of Myra Hess and the National Gallery wartime concerts. In Dame

Myra’s own words, and in piano music associated with her, we recall how her ‘great adventure’ began – and how it continued while bombs rained down on London.

Evening Concert

7.30–9.15pm, Room 36

£10/£7 concessions

Tasmin Little, Piers Lane, Fibbonacci Sequence and the Menuhin School Orchestra

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043

Ferguson: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Wallfisch: The Eternal Widow

Schubert/Mahler: String Quartet No 14 in D minor D810 Death and the Maiden

Book now at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/ music

Friday Lates

6–9pm every Friday

Sponsored by Credit Suisse

Start your weekend at the National Gallery. As well as exploring the paintings or catching an exhibition, from 6pm you can enjoy guided tours, talks and events. Meet friends, relax at the bar, shop, listen to live music and have a bite to eat.

Renaissance Night

12 August, Free

Join us for a night of Renaissance fun at the National Gallery! Discover Renaissance altarpieces with a curator’s exhibition tour, see more in a Michelangelo painting by drawing from a life model, enjoy Renaissance song by candlelight – and families can take part in a magical storytelling session.

‘Introducing…’ talks

15-minute introductions to particular artists:

19 August Degas (6pm), Toulouse-Lautrec (6.30pm)

23 September Seurat (6pm), Gallen-Kellela (6.30pm)

Talk and Draw events

Join an artist and lecturer to explore a painting in two different ways. First, listen to a short talk, then make your own response by drawing with the materials provided.

12 August, Michelangelo: The Entombment, with life model (BSL interpreted)

9 September, Tintoretto: Christ Washing the Feet of his Disciples

6.30–7.30pm, Free

(Limited places, first-come first-served on the evening.)

Artist’s Eye talks

Contemporary artists discuss a favourite work from the collection.

5 August: Michael Landy

16 September: Tom Hunter

6.30–7.15pm, Free

30-minute talk followed by 15-minute Q&A

Poetry Workshops

Those new to creative writing are invited to join poet Jacob Sam-La Rose for this free session.

26 August, repeated 30 September 6.30–7.30pm, Free

(Limited to 40 places, first-come first-served on the evening)


Coming Soon


Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

9 November 2011 – 5 February 2012

Sponsored by Credit Suisse

See the largest number of Leonardo’s rare paintings ever gathered in one place only at the National Gallery this autumn. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, The Virgin of the Rocks, this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as court painter to Duke Ludovico

Sforza in Milan in the late 15th century. Follow Leonardo’s pursuit of artistic perfection through

world-famous works never before seen in the UK, including The Lady with an Ermine, La Belle Ferronnière, The Musician and Saint Jerome, along with more than 50 related drawings.

Book now:

Call 0844 248 5097 or visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk (booking fees); also available at the Gallery.


For groups of 10 people or more, call 020 7907 7059.

Find out more www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan recorded information line: 020 7747 5930

A range of events will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition catalogue

Hardback £40, Paperback £25

This stunning catalogue accompanies the Leonardo exhibition. Pre-order your copy now from the National Gallery shops – visit www. nationalgallery.co.uk/ leonardo or call 020 7747 2870.

Opening hours

Daily 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm (Closing commences 5 minutes before time stated)

Closed 1 January, 24–26 December.

Some areas of the Gallery will be closed for staff training on Monday mornings until 11am.

Information www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7747 2885

Email: [email protected]

Rail: Charing Cross / Leicester Square

Underground: Charing Cross

Buses around Trafalgar Square:

3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.

For press information please contact [email protected] / 0207 747 2885

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