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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 – “Do you know what the nicest thing about the National Gallery in the evening is? -- the peace and quiet. I was walking here from Leicester Square five minutes ago and it was all busy busy busy. Pavements heaving, people jostling bustling barging elbows out, running everywhere, cars all over the place, sirens blaring. And then you walk through the gallery double doors a… continued”
Sketchbook Tour of the National Gallery – 23 Feb, 2 and 30 Mar 2019 – Get your sketchbook and pencil ready for ninety minutes of drawing famous paintings at the National Gallery.
Scenes of Parisian Life — National Gallery – 28 Feb to 19 May 2019 – French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon.
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.
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.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
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.
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)