Visitors to the National Gallery in London can view the unfolding story of Western European art, from 1250 to the early 20th century, by strolling through the centuries in one inviting gallery after another. But there are also many other ways to approach the world-renowned National Gallery Collection. This compact and generously illustrated guide contains an illustrated history of the building and collections, as well as ten unique tours designed to delight viewers young and old. Each themed tour consists of four or five paintings, with brief information on the artwork and the artists. The ten themes include: Masterpieces, Family, Animals, Impressionism and Beyond, Color and Technique, Costume, Myths and Legends, The Life of Christ, Landscape, and Frames. With concise information on the architecture, history, and structure of the National Gallery, this guide is both a useful tool for planning a visit and a souvenir to treasure upon returning home.
Louise Govier is the Adult Learning Manager at the National Gallery, London. She has written and presented many DVDs which open up the National Gallery collection to visitors of all ages and levels of interest, including impressionist Painting 1850-1900 (2006)