The National Gallery houses one of the world’s great art collections, with 2300 European paintings on display. Paintings range from the Mid-13th to 20th centuries. In the newest part of the gallery, the Sainsbury Wing, are the oldest paintings, such as Botticelli’s Venus & Mars, Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, and Da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks.
Works from the High Renaissance hang in the West Wing, featuring Michelangelo, Titian, and Raphael, and the lovely Rokeby Venus by Velázquez, and in the North Wing, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Caravaggio. 18th century British artists such as Gainsborough and Turner reside in the East Wing with post-Impressionists Renoir and Monet. Don’t miss Van Gogh’s famous masterpiece, Sunflowers.
Visit: Trafalgar Sq, Charring Cross WC2N 5DN; 020-7747 2885; nationalgallery.org.uk