The National Gallery

The National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square is home to over 2,300 paintings from the mid-13th century to 1900.

All of the art within The National Gallery’s collection belongs to the British Government and is one of the most visited art museums in the world.

The collection began when the British Government purchased paintings from John Julius Angerstein in 1824 and after further purchases and gifts, the collection moved to Trafalgar Square in 1838. Within the collection there are paintings by the most celebrated artists of their time, including Botticelli, da Vinci, Titian and Van Gogh.

The National Gallery runs an outreach programme, which aims to provide access to the collection to as many people as possible from all backgrounds. It has partnered with a number of charities and organisations that focus on providing access to people who would not ordinarily visit a gallery and to people who would otherwise be unable to visit.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have made a number of donations to the Gallery, including £4 million towards the refurbishment of Room 32, one of the largest and most visited rooms in the Gallery. The room houses a collection of Italian 17th Century paintings, including by Caravaggio, Giordano and Reni. When it reopens the room will be renamed The Julia and Hans Rausing Room.

Hannah Rothschild CBE, Chair of the National Gallery Trustees said, “The National Gallery is lucky to have such generous and enlightened supporters in Julia and Hans Rausing. Their gift will transform the heart of the building and greatly enhance the visitors’ experience and the exhibition of those works.”


Julia and Hans Rausing

“Room 32 is an iconic room within the National Gallery and we are delighted to be able to support the renovations. The upgrades will enhance the visitor experience for this magnificent room and we look forward to its reopening.”

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