National Gallery gears up for latest blockbuster exhibition

London's National Gallery is gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of art lovers to its latest blockbuster exhibition, due to open to the public at the start of spring.

Following on from other major exhibitions devoted to single artists, the Trafalgar Square institution will host a show dedicated to Paolo Caliari, better known as Veronese, one of the artistic stars of 16th century Venice.

In all, around 50 of his works will be put on display at the National Gallery, many of them being shown in the UK for the first time, with most of these pieces having once adorned churches, palaces and private villas throughout Venice and the surrounding Veneto region.

According to the show's curators, this will be the perfect opportunity for members of the public to learn more about one of the most important artists in the history of Europe while getting close to masterpieces on loan from galleries and museums all over the world.

"From the deftly captured shimmer of a pearl, to the sweep and splendour of his architectural settings, Veronese’s mastery of colour, space and light, and his feeling for beauty, for opulence and grace, have captured the imagination of countless artists and art lovers ever since," explained National Gallery Director Dr Nicholas Penny.

The show, formally entitled Veronese: Magnificance in Renaissance Venice, will run at the West End museum from the beginning of March to the end of May.

Aside from its temporary blockbuster exhibitions, the National Gallery is home to one of the finest permanent art collections anywhere in the world, a fact that makes it one of London's best-loved attractions for both tourists and locals alike.

The collection includes works by the likes of Turner, Picasso, Renoir and Monet and offers an unrivalled overview of European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Meanwhile, next door to the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery is also a major tourist draw, with its collections including famous portraits of everyone from Henry VIII to the Beatles and Blur.

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