The National Gallery Tour For Kids

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Synopsis

There's something unusual in The National Gallery at night-time. Sometimes, the paintings come to life! Join Van Gogh's sunflowers as they explore some of their favourite paintings in the gallery, from dramatic battle scenes with rearing horses to god-like portraits and glittering angels.There are loads of secret things to discover about each of the paintings. Some paintings have been stored in castles covered in bat poo, some have been slashed with knives during vandalism, and some are over 400 years old!

Episodes

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 15 (The Crucifixion by Jacobi di Cioni)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 15 (The Crucifixion by Jacobi di Cioni)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 05min

    This beautiful piece of art is really, really old – it was painted in the 14th century – that’s over 600 years ago! It shows a colourful but sad scene of Jesus and two other men on crosses, with lots of people, gathering at their feet.  And under the main painting, there are some smaller circular paintings of important saints and religious characters. The whole piece is set in a beautiful ornate golden frame.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 14 (Tobias and the Angel)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 14 (Tobias and the Angel)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 04min

    When you look at some paintings they might look very faded or cracked. Perhaps the colours seem wrong. Take a look at Tobias and The Angel by Andrea del Verrocchio, because there definitely seems to be something amiss! The painting is based on a famous old tale. An old blind man sends his son Tobias and his dog on an errand. Tobias meets a stranger on the way who helps him out when he gets attacked by a fish – and even helps him find a wife. And if that wasn’t enough, on his way home the stranger helps Tobias cure his father’s blindness. But how is this all possible? Well, the stranger is really the angel Raphael! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 13 (The Rokeby Venus)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 13 (The Rokeby Venus)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 04min

    It's never good when a famous painting gets damaged! There are different types of damage that can affect paintings, some of them accidental, some intentional – such as the vandalism which affected The Rokeby Venus in 1914. A lot of the work done here at National Gallery is actually repairing the damage to paintings. There is a painting that was very difficult for the gallery to fix! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 12 (The Marquise de Seignelay)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 12 (The Marquise de Seignelay)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 05min

    This painting is super colourful! And it's of a very posh lady - the Marquise de Seignelay. It’s by a French artist called Pierre Mignard. The Marquise was a real noblewoman who lived over 400 years ago, which was when this painting was made. It’s a riot of rich costume and colour and has quite a story behind it too. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 11 (The Adoration of the Shepherds)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 11 (The Adoration of the Shepherds)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 03min

    What happens when paintings get damaged? The Adoration of the Shepherds by Guido Reni was damaged a few times on its way to the National Gallery, it had rather an exciting adventure! The painting is a nativity scene. Mary and Joseph are shown with baby Jesus in the centre and they’re surrounded by shepherds. More shepherds can be seen in the distance, and angels hover overhead. The light coming from baby Jesus is so bright, it lights up all the people around him! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 10 (Whistlejacket)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 10 (Whistlejacket)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 04min

    This painting is one of the most famous portraits in the National Gallery. It's a very life-like painting of a famous racehorse called Whistlejacket by an artist called George Stubbs! Whistlejacket was born in 1749 and his most famous victory was in a race over 4 miles for 2,000 guineas at York in August 1759. Stubbs's huge picture was painted in about 1762 for the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Whistlejacket's owner, and a great fan of Stubbs's artwork. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 9 (The Assumption of the Virgin)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 9 (The Assumption of the Virgin)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 03min

    This is a painting called The Assumption of the Virgin that was painted in 1475 by Francesco Botticini. It was on the wall in a burial chapel in S. Pier Maggiore, Florence, Italy. The man kneeling down on the left is Matteo Palmieri, who's a civil servant! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 8 (Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 8 (Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    A Bermejo painting is the subject of Episode 8! This is called Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil. It was painted by one Bartolomé Bermejo in 1468. If you look really closely, you'll see a really scary devil character at the bottom with a big grinning smile. It was probably the central panel of an altarpiece which was in the church of San Miguel (Saint Michael) in Tous, near Valencia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 7 (Bathers at Asnières)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 7 (Bathers at Asnières)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    Episode 7 is about a very special painting, and one that’s a little bit dotty!  The Bathers at Asnieres is by a French impressionist artist called Georges Seurat. He was very famous and is particularly well known for creating a style of painting which used very small dots of colour to create scenes. This style of painting is known as pointillism! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 6 (The Fighting Temeraire)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 6 (The Fighting Temeraire)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    In Episode 6 The Sunflowers have been taking a look at Turner's The Fighting Temeraire! Joseph Mallord William Turner was a really famous artist who lived from 1775 - 1851. He was especially famous for his paintings of dramatic skies and weather. He even went on trains and ships to study the movement of the sky and how to create it using paint!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 5 (The Ambassadors)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 5 (The Ambassadors)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    Episode 5 is a painting that is packed full of things to spot! The Sunflowers are here to help you spot them. Sometimes, if you look carefully at paintings, you'll see lots of secret messages. The Ambassadors has lots of hidden meanings and secrets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 4 (Bacchus and Ariadne)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 4 (Bacchus and Ariadne)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    In Episode 4 The Sunflowers are checking out Bacchus and Ariadne! This painting was one of a very famous series by Bellini, Titian and Dosso Dossi - three really famous artists. It was commissioned for the Camerino d'Alabastro (Alabaster Room) in the Ducal Palace, Northern Italy.  If you know a bit about Greek Mythology, then check this out. It's a painting showing Bacchus, the god of wine, with his followers on the right. He suddenly falls in love with Ariadne on the left after seeing her, so he leaps from his chariot at her, drawn by two cheetahs! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 3 (The Battle of San Romano)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 3 (The Battle of San Romano)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    In Episode 3 The Sunflowers take a look at The Battle of San Romano! The Battle of San Romano was painted by Paolo Uccello around 1438-40, over 600 years ago. It's a vivid, colourful painting of the battle fought between two feuding sides! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 2 (Suprised!)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 2 (Suprised!)

    19/04/2016 Duration: 01min

    In this episode The Sunflowers are checking out Suprised! (or Supris!)  French artist, Henri Rosseau, painted this picture of a tiger stalking a jungle in a storm in 1891 with oils. It's the first in a series of paintings he painted like this, with bright colours and lots of plants. Lots of people have very different opinions about art, and neither is right or wrong. Some people say the tiger is being hunted in this painting, and other people say the tiger is hunting something. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Painting Explorers - Episode 1

    Painting Explorers - Episode 1

    19/04/2016 Duration: 02min

    There's something unusual in The National Gallery at night-time. Sometimes, the paintings come to life! Join Van Gogh's sunflowers as they explore some of their favourite paintings in the gallery, from dramatic battle scenes with rearing horses to god-like portraits and glittering angels. There are loads of secret things to discover about each of the paintings. Some paintings have been stored in castles covered in bat poo, some have been slashed with knives during vandalism, and some are over 400 years old! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.