The National Gallery (London)
The National Gallery in London is dedicated to collecting, displaying, and studying seven centuries of world-renowned paintings.
London's National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 with dual missions: to promote an appreciation for both portraiture and the influential British individuals depicted in the collection's art. Each year, nearly 2 million visitors travel from near and far to admire portraits of key figures spanning British culture and history, such as William Shakespeare, The Beatles, Queen Elizabeth II, and J.K. Rowling. The National Gallery's collection of more than 11,000 portraits is vast, ranging from a piece barely larger than a thumbnail to one more than 17 feet wide. Further, it spans media, including paintings, sculptures, miniatures, and light-sensitive drawings. In addition to its renowned collection, the Gallery engages in extensive research, educational programming, and community outreach. As written by the Gallery's Director, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, this breadth of work surrounding the art of historical portraiture allows the institution to "address questions of biography, diversity, and fame which lie at the heart of issues of identity and achievement."
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