Room 32 to reopen at the National Gallery as Julia and Hans Rausing Room, following 21 month refurbishment
Room 32, the largest and one of the most visited rooms of the National Gallery, displaying 17th-Century Italian paintings, will reopen following a 21 month refurbishment project. The room will now be known at The Julia and Hans Rausing Room, following a £4 million donation to the National Gallery which made the renovation possible.
The renovation restores the Julia and Hans Rausing Room to its original decorative scheme of the early 19th century, including the reconstruction of 20 ornate painted frieze and lunettes. The Room is home to paintings by some of the most famous Italian Baroque artists of the 17th-century, including Caravaggio, Guido Reni and Artemisia and Orazio Gentileschi.
Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “We are pleased to have been able to support the restoration of Room 32 back to its original colour schemes and thank all those involved over the past 21 months at the National Gallery. The refurbished Room provides a wonderful backdrop to paintings by the foremost Italian Painters of the 17th-century with improved lighting and facilities.
“As the National Gallery opens for the first time in over three months, we are delighted Room 32 is ready to welcome visitors and hope people enjoy the restoration.”
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, says “As we reopen to the public, we are proud to present the completely refurbished Julia and Hans Rausing Room, the largest gallery in the building. Splendidly hung with Italian Baroque paintings, it creates a sumptuous impression. I am immensely grateful for Julia and Hans Rausing for supporting the complete restoration of this gallery, now open for all to enjoy.”
3rd July 2020