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Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna were two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance.
Mantega worked as a court painter to the ruling Gonzaga family in Mantua, wheras Bellini spent his entire career in Republican Venice. This exhibition will explore the ongoing exchange of artistic ideas between the two artists throughout their long careers, despite them working in completely different parts of the country.
The exhibition will include important loans of paintings, drawings and sculptures. Highlights include two versions of The Presentation to the Temple, and Mantegna's and Bellini's depiction of the same subject: The Agony in the Garden.
> Craig’s review of National Gallery – “If you only have time to visit one art gallery in London then make it this one. This is the granddaddy of galleries. The Tate Modern is supposed to be the most popular by visitor numbers but what have they got on display: a load of crushed up Coke cans and tipped-over paint pots. The National Gallery has got every great painter from the 13th-century onwards: Leonardo… continued”
Sorolla — Spanish Master of Light – 18 Mar to 7 Jul 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
Sean Scully — Sea Star – 13 Apr to 11 Aug 2019 – Sean Scully's new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turner's atmospheric painting The Evening Star.
Bermejo — Master of the Spanish Renaissance – 12 Jun to 29 Sep 2019 – The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
Gauguin Portraits — National Gallery – 7 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguin's portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Find more art exhibitions this month
If you enjoy National Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Temple), National Portrait Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (you can walk it 10 mins), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)
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