The National Gallery

"The Fighting Temeraire" by J.M.W. Turner

I decided to take a peak into the National Gallery and see what they had to offer.  The place is pretty big and I didn’t have all day to spend perusing through the whole place.  The great thing about the Gallery is that it’s built in such a way where you can hop between rooms really easily or you can go through in a logical numerical order.  My main goal was to find works by J.M.W. Turner, who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest English painters.  Found him, but I also found some other works I had no idea were there:

Rembrandt – “Self-Portrait at age 34,” “Self-Portrait at age 63,” “Belshazzar’s Feast,” “An Elderly Man as St. Paul” (Life changing)

Seurat – “Bathers at Asnières,” “The Channel of Gravelines, Grand Fort-Phillip,” “Study for “Le Grande Jatte,”

Monet – “The Water-Lily Pond,” “Water-lilies” (one of many), “Water-Lilies, Setting Sun,” “The Thames below Westminster,”

Renoir – “The Skiff (La Yole),” “The Umbrellas,” “Gladioli in a Vase,”

Van Gogh – “Sunflowers,” “A Wheatfield, with Cypresses,” “Van Gogh’s Chair,”

Van Eyck – “The Arnolfini Portrait,”

"Rain, Steam, and Speed," by J.M.W. Turner

Constable – “The Hay Wain,”

And many, many other amazing works.  There were several times when I was saying to myself, “wait, that’s here.  HERE in London.  HERE right in front of my eyes.  Whoa.”  I went in there with a purpose, and then found myself completely swept up what the museum had to offer.  It’s a fantastic place, and the best part is that it’s FREE!

I want to go back just to enjoy the rest of what that place has to offer.  Also, they have “Madonna of the Rocks,” by da Vinci that they’ve taken out from display temporarily.  I’d like to see if it’s back on the wall before I leave.


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