I have seen Trafalgar Square during many different hours of day and night, but in all my time spent in London I have never visited the National Gallery until 2017.
It almost felt like a ceremony. It was my first morning in London. I got up quite early and walked all the way to the Gallery before opening time, waiting among the first people in line for the museum.
After picking up the map from the info counter (you cannot go around London museums without a map), I decided to tackle the museum by exploring the new wing of the Gallery first.
The Sainsbury Wing holds the artwork from 1200 to 1500, and one of the masterpieces shown behind glass is this painting by Leonardo:
It is easy to lose yourself when going from room to room, but each room is prettier than the previous one, if you find yourself in the old gallery building.
One of the free exhibitions that I was incredibly lucky to see was Rubens & Rembrandt. I always thought Rembrandt and I had a special bond having been born on the same day. I was charmed by all of their paintings, particularly by this lovely portrait of a young lady by Rubens:
Here are some of the other works from the exhibition:
Another fabulous exhibition was a complete surprise to me, as it was the modern British artist Chris Ofili with a show called Weaving Magic. What I can say is that it was truly magical and unexpected for me.
You walk into a big room where grey wallpaper with African elements is covering the whole space and at the other end you see this splash of colour on a triptych. Only when you are very close to the watercolour painting, your eyes start adjusting and your brain makes the connection that it is not a painting, but a weaved masterpiece.
In the little room at the other end of the exhibition space you can watch a video of the making of this tapestry. It is a workshop from Edinburgh that produced the piece. The artistry behind it was showcased in depth and going back to admire the tapestry you start to appreciate it even more because of what you’ve just watched.
The painting below depicts how the National Gallery looked like when it was opened.
Other popular artworks include paintings by Degas, Monet, Manet, and Turner, just to name a few.
Do not miss this museum if you find yourself in London.