Word’s out. The National Gallery has been keeping Gallery A a secret, but after two years of refurbishment this hidden gem is opening its doors to the public.
Hidden away underneath existing galleries is an underground treasure trove of paintings by history’s forgotten artists and ‘studio’ creations completed mainly by famous artists’ apprentices. These are the paintings of the underdogs such as Manet’s friend Henri Fantin-Latour, and Eugene Boudin, the guy that suggested Monet have a go at painting landscapes.
That’s not all, there are also works from famous artists including Luca Giordano and Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli. Gallery A tells the story of 400 years of painting in one big, cleverly lit room. From this week onwards the museum will be open all day on Wednesdays and Sundays.