Exploring the Treasures of the National Gallery in London

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Located in the heart of London, the National Gallery is a testament to artistic brilliance and cultural heritage. As you step inside, you are greeted by an awe-inspiring collection of masterpieces spanning centuries. The gallery showcases the depth and diversity of artistic expression from Renaissance classics by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to iconic works by Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso.

The National Gallery was at the top of my “must-see” list during our time in London. My son and I had compiled a long list of museums and it soon became apparent that our 2 weeks there was not enough time. On the day of our visit, I assumed a quick visit for a couple of hours would have been sufficient. Three hours later, I was hungry and realized I didn’t want to leave.

Thank goodness for the cafe!

Spending an entire day here is a must. Every corner revealed a captivating blend of styles, genres, and narratives that took us on a visual journey through art history. The National Gallery is a haven for art lovers and a beacon of inspiration for all who seek to appreciate the power and beauty of human creativity.

A few photos are below. While we were away, Riley’s homeschool class/community (Classical Conversations) studied Vincent van Gogh. We thought it would be cool for him to take photos in front of Van Gogh’s pieces while his peers learn about him from a book. We also found a Da Vinci painting which he enjoyed since he was preparing to write a paper and presentation on Leonardo da Vinci. Also below are my personal favorites. The Water-Lily Pond and Water-Lilies by Claude Monet, and pretty much every piece by Jan Davidsz. de Heem including the frames!

For more information and tips on planning your day: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/plan-your-visit/gallery-entry

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