The National Gallery- May

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What's new for May

This month, get ready to meet one of history's most inspirational figures and explore the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi in a major new exhibition. Plus, get closer to our art with two unmissable new courses and take a behind-the-scenes look at an epic restoration in our latest film from the Conservation team.

Saint Francis of Assisi: 6 May – 30 July 2023

Come face-to-face with one of history’s most inspirational and revered figures in the first major UK art exhibition to explore Saint Francis of Assisi’s life and legacy.It brings together paintings from the National Gallery Collection by Sassetta, Botticelli, and Zurbarán with international loans including works by Caravaggio, Josefa de Óbidos, Stanley Spencer, Antony Gormley, Giuseppe Penone, Andrea Büttner, and an exciting new commission from Richard Long.

Unmissable Courses

Renaissance beauty: Every Tuesday, 9 May – 23 May

Question concepts of Renaissance beauty in relation to gender, national identity and ethnicity through key works from the collection.

After Impressionism: Mondays from 15 May – 19 June

Examine how a new generation of artists brought every tradition of image-making into question and laid the foundation of modern art, in this comprehensive course.

Latest films

Go behind the scenes in Conservation and follow Restorer Paul Ackroyd as he shows you the cleaning of Uccello's epic 'Battle of San Romano'.

Further Information: The National Gallery, London