Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery

Venturi Scott Brown & Associates

This addition to the National Gallery, clad in the same Portland stone as William Wilkin's original building (1838), is more restrained on the exterior than many of the post-modern works by Venturi Scott Brown and Associates. (See Index.)From a distance one could almost miss the fanciful colorful columns. See below.

The "classical wall" in front of the new addition

The interior, however, plays post-modern tricks: aligned arches actually get smaller in the distance--the same kind of perspective illusion Bernini used effectively in the Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace and parts of columns are only visible from one direction. (See the visual play with the column at the Oberlin College Allen Memorial Art Museum Addition).

Views of the back and unique column design


Connection between the original museum and old and the new galleries

The new wing is linked to the main building by a circular bridge; on the left is the glass curtain wall of the main staircase of the addition.

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