Courtauld Gallery, London

Courtauld Gallery, London (must see)

The Courtauld Gallery was founded in 1932 by Samuel Courtauld, the British industrialist and art collector. You will find it in the Strand Block of Somerset House; this well-loved gallery is certainly worth a long visit.

The gallery houses a stunning exhibition of Impressionist and Post Impressionist art from the 14th century to the present day. You can admire works by Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne, amongst other excellent artists. Apart from paintings the gallery also displays drawings, Decorative Art, prints and sculptures.

The gallery’s collection of 14th and early 15th century Italian paintings is one of the most important in Britain. You will also find northern European art, including the Lamentation Triptych by the Master of Flemalle.

There are over 6000 drawings and watercolours and over 20,000 prints, dating back to the late Middle Ages, with fine examples of works by Leonardo de Vinci and Michelangelo. These exhibitions are rotating because the documents are fragile and you will find a selection of them in Room 12, or by appointment in the Drawing and Prints Study Room.

The collection of Decorative Art has some of the finest objects in the world, with artefacts from Europe and the Middle East. In the rooms devoted to these arts, you will find Italian Renaissance wedding chests, tin-glazed earthenware, Iznik and Spanish lusterware ceramics and beautiful Islamic metalwork by Mahmud the Kurd.

In the Gallery shop you can buy books about the gallery and its collection, with a series of very good books for children and also art-related gift items. There is also the Gallery café set in the basement or outdoors on the terrace if the weather is fine. The café serves light meals and drinks.

You are allowed to take photos in the gallery, but without a flash. Every day you can join the Lunchtime Gallery Talks, which are very interesting and educative lectures about the History of Art, painters and painting techniques.

Editor's Note:
The Courtauld Gallery and Courtauld Shop are now closed through at least 2020 while they undertake a major transformation project called Courtauld Connects.
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Sight Location: London, England
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