A ‘Secret’ Gallery in the National Gallery London

Posted on: January 3rd, 2012

Whilst the swarms gather upstairs at the National Gallery for the Leonardo Exhibition and dash through the main galleries at an alarming pace, why not visit their ‘secret’ gallery! Room A, is not really a secret gallery, it is however a forgotten one despite the multitudes of treasures located inside.

Extraordinarily, this secret gallery contains far more paintings than any other room in the National Gallery and is very rarely overwhelmed with visitors. In fact, with over 700 paintings displayed, it could possibly display more canvases than any other single space in London. The paintings are displayed here because they are considered the B-list of the gallery’s collection, but what an amazing B-list it is! The paintings include works by Sargent, Raphael, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Of course, the room’s other delight is that often you have the joy of exploring these treasures alone!

Access to room A is limited to 3.5 hours a week, on a Wednesday afternoon, between 2-5.30pm. One can find room A situated on the lower level of the National Gallery building and it can be accessed through the Education Centre Entrance or via the stairs near Room 15 (the vestibule with the quartet of Claude and Turners)