From Freud to Van Dyck, the National Gallery in London is exploring the stories behind works of art that were once owned by artists themselves. You may be surprised.
What a fascinating investigation. The National Gallery, London, has been creative once more with its most recent exhibition “Painters’ Paintings” — a show that delves into the personal collections of some of art history’s most recognizable names.
Featuring more than 80 works spanning over 500 years, the show attempts to understand “why certain painters acquired other painters’ works,” the gallery suggests. Was it for artistic inspiration, financial support, status, or investment? Indeed, all things — and angles — are considered during this magnetic show.
Seize this opportunity now, as the exhibition is only on view through September 4. To learn more, visit the National Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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