The National Gallery private tour starts in the Sainsbury wing, the newest addition to the gallery, where we have the oldest paintings by some of the most famous early European artists. One of the oldest paintings, dates back to the 13th Century. Compare it with a piece by da Vinci or Botticelli, how did the art evolve during that period?
Once we are finished in the Sainsbury wing, we move to the main building. The gallery is more or less organised in chronological order, so we pick up where we left off.
Paintings by Raphael, Titian or Holbein are waiting for us, before we move on to see the Dutch master Rembrandt. Two of his self portraits are on display, whilst they are close in location, they depict the change in his appearance over 3 decades.
Now heading towards more recent paintings, several rooms where you are surrounded by masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and more. Yes, we do have a version of the Sunflowers by Van Gogh, but that’s not the only painting by this amazing artist. Listen to his fascinating life stories whilst admiring his talent on our National Gallery guided tour.
Your children will appreciate one particular painting called “Surprised!” What kind of animal can you see creeping through the painting?
We finish the tour at the main corridor of the gallery, where you have the chance to browse the gift shop or unwind with a cup of tea.
Please keep in mind that the gallery changes the order of the paintings, loans paintings for exhibitions, as well as restores them. The tour will be adapted to make the most of the pieces on offer on that particular day.
Paintings are sometimes removed from display, your guide may adapt the tour to make the most of the current display.
If galleries and museums are what you’re interested in then why not check out our British Museum Highlights Tour!
National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Entrance, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.
Daily 10:00am, 2:00pm
Your Guide will meet you at the Sainsbury Wing Entrance opposite the candian High Commission. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer name.