I came up to the world art area in the National Gallery. There's a new concept going on a couple of times a week that I enjoyed- docents can be found in the gallery spaces during these times to talk about specific pieces. I've only had one previous occasion where I've chatted with a docent about works of art within a room, but this is now a scheduled thing.
This is The Assumption Of The Virgin, painted between 1455 and 1458 by the Italian artist Neri di Bicci. It was an altarpiece for the Spini family chapel at Santa Trinita, in Florence. It depicts Mary being taken up into heaven, watched over by angels and the disciples.
This painting, titled Eve, The Serpent, And Death, is a rather brooding, morbid oil painting by a German artist, Hans Baldung, also called Grien, done circa 1510-15. It depicts Adam and Eve after the fall from grace; Adam has decomposed into the figure of death.
An Offering To Pan is the title of this oil painting by Italian artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, painted at some point between 1645-60. It depicts worshipers before a statue of Pan, the Greek god of nature.
Abraham And The Three Angels is the title of this oil painting by a Spanish artist, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, done at some point between 1670-74. It shows the Biblical story of the patriarch greeting visitors to his home- angels who will deliver the news that he and his wife Sarah will have a child.
The Fortune Teller is by the French artist, Simon Vouet, an oil painting from around 1620. During travels in Italy, Vouet was inspired by the style of Caravaggio and his dramatic use of light and shadow called chiaroscuoro.
Caravaggio's technique seems to show up in Italian artist Luca Giordano's oil painting The Crucifixion Of St. Andrew, an oil painting done at some point in the 1650s. It shows the saint being crucified on an X-shaped cross.
This last one is Lot And His Daughters, by the Italian painter Orazio Gentileschi, an oil painting dated to circa 1622. This work displays the Old Testament man and his two daughters in the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.