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The Italian Renaissance - In the National Gallery

A full day studying the finest collection of Italian Renaissance art outside Italy.

Group size limited to fourteen participants.

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12 Nov 2019 Fully booked

  • Pope Julius II, 18th century copper engraving, after Raphael.
  • The National Gallery, steel engraving c. 1840.
    The National Gallery, steel engraving c. 1840.
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London’s National Gallery possesses the finest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings outside Italy. Unlike most other national collections in Europe, it was formed (over nearly 200 years) by connoisseurs and art historians rather than princes and nobles whose less discerning eyes allowed the admission of a proportion of second- and third-raters. There’s no dross on show in Trafalgar Square.

There are four sessions in the galleries of approximately an hour each. While most paintings commissioned then were of a religious nature, the call for portraits and mythologies speak of the burgeoning humanistic interests of patrons. Meaning, context, scale and innovation and what it was that marked out images by the great masters in this period will all be considered. Between the sessions there are leisurely adjournments for refreshments. With no more than fourteen in the group, radio guides to eliminate problems of audibility, and the presence of an MRT staffer to oversee the arrangements, this should be a highly agreeable and efficacious way to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of Renaissance painting.

Image of Michael Douglas-Scott

Dr Michael Douglas-Scott

Associate Lecturer in History of Art at Birkbeck College, specialising in 16th-century Italian art and architecture. He studied at the Courtauld and Birkbeck College, University of London and lived in Rome for several years. He has written articles for Arte Veneta, Burlington Magazine and the Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes.


10.15am, National Gallery, Getty Entrance.


5.15pm, National Gallery.



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This includes lunch, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments.

Group size

Maximum 14 participants.


We will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks and 100% if within three days. Please put your cancellation in writing to We advise taking out insurance in case of cancellation and recommend that overseas clients are also covered for possible medical and repatriation costs.

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'The lecturer developed what I already knew and opened new perspectives; very refreshing and stimulating.'

'The lecturer was superb and the tour manager was exceptionally helpful in every way.'

'A very interesting and worthwhile day.'