National Gallery receives major donation

The National Gallery has received a £4 million gift from Julia and Hans Rausing towards the refurbishment of its largest and one of its most visited rooms.  

At 34m long by 12m wide, Room 32 houses the Gallery’s world-class collection of Italian 17th century paintings, including works by Caravaggio, Reni, Guercino, Rosa and Giordano. The room will also eventually become home to the Gallery’s latest acquisition, a self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi. 

The upcoming renovation will enable the Gallery to continue to meet international museum standards and preserve the Gallery’s collection of paintings for future generations to enjoy. After the work is completed, the room will be re-opened as The Julia and Hans Rausing Room.

Julia and Hans Rausing have supported the National Gallery over many years, including exhibitions such as Strange Beauty – Masters of the German Renaissance (February - May 2014)  and most recently Mantegna and Bellini.