The London gallery has launched a brand new online exhibition for people to enjoy for free.

© Detail from The Director’s Choice, created with Moyosa Media © National Gallery, London

It has been announced that the National Gallery has launched a new virtual exhibition, formed of Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi’s weekly choices that explored a picture of his choice from the National Gallery Collection and was written down in a weekly email.

With these choices proving popular, twenty of these choices have been brought together in an innovative virtual exhibition – The Director’s Choice – for everyone to enjoy online, for free.

Featuring works from Giotto to Monet and Caravaggio to Turner, the online exhibition will allow visitors to navigate themselves around the virtual gallery, zooming in close to explore the 3D images of the diverse works of art on display. The display also includes a panel next to each picture to allow online visitors to listen to Gabriele’s audio guide that he has narrated for each painting.

The National Gallery is planning to reopen its doors from 17th May pending government advice and it is hoped this new online exhibition will give people a taster ahead of returning to see their paintings in real life.

Talking about the news National Gallery Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, says “There is an element of playfulness and even daring to this but it provides us the opportunity to explore how new digital technologies can broaden the range of approaches to experiencing our paintings. I hope people enjoy it.” 

People can enjoy this new virtual exhibition by visiting: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/the-directors-choice