The National Gallery Online Art Collection

July 18, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

the national galleryThe National Gallery (@NationalGallery) tweeted on July 16, 2015 that now images can be downloaded from their collection for personal use! That got me interested in exploring their website Here are a few links to good resources, I discovered there, for the art enthusiast!

Online Collection:

Explore the paintings:
Collection overview, 30 ‘must-see’ paintings, paintings room by room, a virtual tour of over 300 paintings, the picture of the month, the latest loans and acquisitions, and more.

This month, the picture of the month is Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630, with free downloadable wallpaper:

Download the iPhone app:

The National Gallery Channel:
Watch video and learn about hidden symbolism in paintings, techniques of the old masters, contemporary artists, impressionism, and more.

The National Gallery Podcasts:
Listen to information on Cézanne, Manet, Rembrandt, Bruegel, Monet, Millet, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and more.

Caring for the paintings:



Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630, wallpaper download from the National Gallery website.

Da Vinci the Exhibition

May 29, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I made a point of seeing “Da Vinci the Exhibition” at The Venetian’s Imagine Exhibitions Gallery. The exhibit brought to light many of the artworks and inventions by mastermind Leonardo Da Vinci. The gallery was segmented to show different types of his work. Large printed posters with a comprehensive history of the artist lined the walls, and many fun facts were revealed. In one of the first rooms was his small body of paintings (reproductions were used), some finished, some unfinished, including the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, work from when he studied with master artist Verrocchio, and other works, and even a few paintings that have not been authenticated.

Most other sections of the exhibit showcased enlarged sketch book pages and ideas and inventions brought to life with real scale models – built staying relatively close to Da Vinci’s designs. One room had lens optics and a mirrored room, another room had constructions for war including a tank, a portable bridge, a multi-shooting mechanical device, a rising ladder and platform for invading a castle over a moat, and other designs, some purchased for use in war. Animated 3D video screens showed how some of the constructions worked. He also created pulley devices and tools, many of which involved motion when used. An underwater suit, parachute, and flying machine were also in the exhibit.

I spent about an hour and a half there, really absorbing the breadth of Da Vinci’s work and genius. Though it was not a typical Vegas show, this limited engagement exhibit was well put-together and inexpensive. An adult ticket cost $27.50 but if you see a Vegas show you may find a coupon code in the program.

Learn more about Da Vinci the Exhibition: