The world has amazing and breathtaking attractions to offer to the humankind. Some love to explore natural beauties, some love historical places, and some hunts for the other attractions. Being a traveller, I have always gone to explore places of different interests. This time, as I was in London for some work, I thought to see the other attractions that could give me past and modern blend. Besides the major landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, I planned to visit this time at the National Gallery of London.
London is a fantastic place in Europe that offers almost everything. The National Gallery lies in the Trafalgar Square of London, Great Britain, which is among the largest art galleries in the world. The National Gallery is the pride of Europe, as it houses vast collection of beautiful paintings. While I entered the building, the entire environment has changed suddenly, giving me a deep pleasure of the past life through the paintings of prominent painters. It was John Julius Angerstein, who born in the year 1735 in St. Petersburg. He discovered the rising interests in fine arts and started building his own private collection of paintings by Italian, Flemish, and German masters.
Until the year 1823 when he died, he had a collection of 38 paintings. These painting were offered for sale to the government and were purchased by the House of Commons for 57,000 pounds. The major problem aroused was of suitable building where those paintings could be displayed. The painting was then housed in the own London house of Angerstein, which is an exclusive residence on Pall Mall. The history started from here and lasted for a long until the National Gallery was came into existence.
The National Gallery offers amazing and renowned paintings including the 1750’s Mr. and Mrs. Andrews done by Thomas Gainsborough. If you are an art fanatic, you simply cannot miss to visit this world popular gallery. One of the major examples of Renaissance paintings that could be found at this gallery is the Birth of Christ, 1470 done by Piero della Francesca.
As the National Gallery of London is one of the largest art museums in the world, you can see various works of prominent painters like Raffael, Titian, Holbein the younger, Rubens, and EI Greco. Besides them, you can also see works done by great British artists like Reynolds, Constable, and Gainsborough. Number of exhibits took place in the museum that offergreat works and will definitely entice you to the fullest.
Experiencing such a great museum has changed my life and views about the fine arts. My respect towards art works has increased and I hope to visit some other art museums during my next vacation. Housing among the finest collection of western European paintings, London’s National Gallery has a charming power to grab complete attentions of the visitors.