You have moved into your cosy London rental apartment and you’ve experienced a traditional Christmas in London. Now that you have relocated to London, you might want to spend the last few days of your holiday taking in some of the fantastic and fascinating tourist attractions. Do not worry about the weather, once you’re indoors, you will not need anything warmer than a sweater. So brave the sleet and the snow and make your way to some of the best sights you will ever have the privilege of visiting. London is home to some of the most famous art galleries and even if you only have a passing appreciation of art, then you will want to get out and visit the National Gallery, which is one of the oldest, and most revered institutions in the world.
One of the best aspects of living here is the fact that many of the tourist attractions are free. This is quite contrary to the rest of the world. The funding for housing some of the world most famous artworks is funded by donations and small grants from the government. What it does mean is that the best of the art world is brought within reach of everyone, and that is always a worthwhile endeavour to support.
Artistic Treasures – The National Gallery
The National Gallery with its imposing façade and traditional grandeur faces onto Trafalgar Square and is home to some of the world’s most famous and priceless works of art. Over 2000 pieces are on show to the public and laid out in one of the most beautiful buildings in London. Welcoming over 4 million visitors per year, the National gallery has art stretching back to the 13th century and it is well worth spending some time there to immerse you in the art world, which is steeped in British culture and history.
The gallery is home to some of the world’s most famous paintings: Vincent Van Gogh’s immortal painting ‘Sunflowers’ is a tribute to the master impressionist and the collection by Cezanne and Monet is truly inspiring. Old masters include ‘Samson and Delilah’ by Rubens and Rembrandt’s ‘Self Portrait’ is a magnificent piece of work by this intriguing artist. For a selection of art from British artists, you must take in the fine work of John Constable and the awesome mastery of Joseph Turner.
There are many fine examples of modern art on display at the gallery from the resident Gallery Associate artists who rely on the National Gallery as being one of the foremost Patrons of Artists in the world.
The Gallery does not charge an entry fee and is open for 361 days of the year. It relies heavily on donations and sales of prints to continue its pride of place in hearts of Britain.