15 episodes

There's something unusual in The National Gallery at night-time. Sometimes, the paintings come to life! Join Van Gogh's sunflowers as they explore some of their favourite paintings in the gallery, from dramatic battle scenes with rearing horses to god-like portraits and glittering angels.

There are loads of secret things to discover about each of the paintings. Some paintings have been stored in castles covered in bat poo, some have been slashed with knives during vandalism, and some are over 400 years old!

The National Gallery Tour for Kids Fun Kids

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There's something unusual in The National Gallery at night-time. Sometimes, the paintings come to life! Join Van Gogh's sunflowers as they explore some of their favourite paintings in the gallery, from dramatic battle scenes with rearing horses to god-like portraits and glittering angels.

There are loads of secret things to discover about each of the paintings. Some paintings have been stored in castles covered in bat poo, some have been slashed with knives during vandalism, and some are over 400 years old!

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    Painting Explorers - Episode 15 (The Crucifixion by Jacobi di Cioni)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 15 (The Crucifixion by Jacobi di Cioni)

    This beautiful piece of art is really, really old – it was painted in the 14th century – that’s over 600 years ago! It shows a colourful but sad scene of Jesus and two other men on crosses, with lots of people, gathering at their feet.  And under the main painting, there are some smaller circular paintings of important saints and religious characters. The whole piece is set in a beautiful ornate golden frame. 
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    • 5 min
    Painting Explorers - Episode 14 (Tobias and the Angel)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 14 (Tobias and the Angel)

    When you look at some paintings they might look very faded or cracked. Perhaps the colours seem wrong. Take a look at Tobias and The Angel by Andrea del Verrocchio, because there definitely seems to be something amiss!


    The painting is based on a famous old tale. An old blind man sends his son Tobias and his dog on an errand. Tobias meets a stranger on the way who helps him out when he gets attacked by a fish – and even helps him find a wife. And if that wasn’t enough, on his way home the stranger helps Tobias cure his father’s blindness. But how is this all possible? Well, the stranger is really the angel Raphael!


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    Painting Explorers - Episode 13 (The Rokeby Venus)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 13 (The Rokeby Venus)

    It's never good when a famous painting gets damaged! There are different types of damage that can affect paintings, some of them accidental, some intentional – such as the vandalism which affected The Rokeby Venus in 1914.

    A lot of the work done here at National Gallery is actually repairing the damage to paintings. There is a painting that was very difficult for the gallery to fix!
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    Painting Explorers - Episode 12 (The Marquise de Seignelay)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 12 (The Marquise de Seignelay)

    This painting is super colourful! And it's of a very posh lady - the Marquise de Seignelay. It’s by a French artist called Pierre Mignard.

    The Marquise was a real noblewoman who lived over 400 years ago, which was when this painting was made. It’s a riot of rich costume and colour and has quite a story behind it too.
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    • 5 min
    Painting Explorers - Episode 11 (The Adoration of the Shepherds)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 11 (The Adoration of the Shepherds)

    What happens when paintings get damaged? The Adoration of the Shepherds by Guido Reni was damaged a few times on its way to the National Gallery, it had rather an exciting adventure!




    The painting is a nativity scene. Mary and Joseph are shown with baby Jesus in the centre and they’re surrounded by shepherds. More shepherds can be seen in the distance, and angels hover overhead. The light coming from baby Jesus is so bright, it lights up all the people around him!


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    • 3 min
    Painting Explorers - Episode 10 (Whistlejacket)

    Painting Explorers - Episode 10 (Whistlejacket)

    This painting is one of the most famous portraits in the National Gallery. It's a very life-like painting of a famous racehorse called Whistlejacket by an artist called George Stubbs!

    Whistlejacket was born in 1749 and his most famous victory was in a race over 4 miles for 2,000 guineas at York in August 1759. Stubbs's huge picture was painted in about 1762 for the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Whistlejacket's owner, and a great fan of Stubbs's artwork.
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    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Rainbow Unicorn12 ,

Cool

This is fun educational and great at the same time! Really

ClottFan123 ,

AMAZING

Awesome! They bring the paintings to life for kids - my 5 year old loved it!

Matched ,

Interesting

A great, different way to hear about Paintings for kids.

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