The National Gallery is one of the jewels in London's crown and given the number of iconic venues the capital is blessed with, that is an impressive feat.
So if you are yet to have the pleasure of taking in one of the exhibitions held at this British institution then this summer is the time to put that right, as there is a veritable feast of artistic delights to please one and all.
The gallery has four exhibitions currently taking place, however, they will finish soon so you will need to get your skates on to see them before they go.
One of these exhibitions is the Making Colour showcase, which is the first of its kind to be held in the UK. Billed as an artistic and scientific voyage, you can look forward to works from the early Renaissance movement all the way to the Impressionist movement.
In addition, you can learn about the range of surprising materials used to create pigments, such as crushed insects and cobalt.
Also running until late September is the Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting.
The first exhibition in Britain to explore the role of architecture in Italian Renaissance painting, the showcase has attracted rave reviews from all quarters. Works from Boticelli, Crivelli, Duccio will take centre stage, with visitors urged to appreciate and explore the role of architecture in one of the most important artistic movements of all time.
Exhibitions at the National Gallery do not all hark back to years gone by, however, as the Take One Picture showcase demonstrates.
This exhibition demonstrates the way schools have interpreted to Bathers at Asnieres painting by George Seurat, with the display including clay works, textile banners, wicker characters and monoprints.
The last exhibition currently running at the National Portrait Gallery is the Artistic Exchanges: Corot, Costa and Leighton showcase. This display boasts works from the three artists mentioned and how they captured the world around them, particularly the countryside and expansive green spaces.
Various sketches and paintings from the trio feature in the exhibition and highlight the connections between them. You can also see for yourself how they influenced other artists studying nature in Italy.
Another exhibition you must know about is the Rembrandt: Late Works display which is sure to attract visitors from far and wide. Opening on October 15th, it gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the passion, flair and innovation associated with one of the most talented and respected artists to have ever lived.
More than 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints will be on display in what promises to be one of the most highly-anticipated exhibitions seen in London this year.
As you can see, the National Gallery is a wonderful place for couples and families alike to enjoy an afternoon of culture and fun. With these and many more exhibitions coming in the next few months there is plenty to get excited about, so why not start making arrangements now so you don't miss out?