National Gallery expands downwards

The National Gallery in London has opened up a lower-floor space to visitors, turning the former storage space into a new permanent gallery.

National Gallery

Room A, as it was formerly known, was built in 1975 and used to store paintings for show on the main-floor galleries.

Following a two-year refurbishment programme, it is now opening to the public as Gallery A, and will show a wide selection of paintings from the 13th to late-19th centuries.

National Gallery

The space has been developed by architect C.F Møller, which worked with the National Gallery’s design team on the project.

The artworks are divided into three sections – Renaissance, Baroque and post-1800 – and works by Botticelli, Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet and the Barbizon School are featured.

National Gallery

The National Gallery says, ‘This newly reopened space will aim to increase visitors’ appreciation and understanding of some of the gallery’s lesser-known paintings and provide the space and opportunity to study these works in greater detail than before.’

All photos © The National Gallery.

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