Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Ludovicus Nonnius, ca. 1627. This portrait will be among the works in the National Gallery's exhibition in Gallery B.

National Gallery in London Inaugurates New Space

London’s National Gallery is opening a new space on March 22, reports Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The new gallery is dedicated to showcasing the works of seventeenth-century Old Masters from the museum’s permanent collection. This is the first new space at the National Gallery in twenty-six years.

Gallery B, as it is called, is more than 650 square feet and was designed by the UK-based architectural firm Purcell. Gabriele Finaldi, the National Gallery’s director, said in a statement, “Gallery B is the first new gallery to open since the Sainsbury Wing was inaugurated in 1991. It provides the setting for an original display of works by two of the National Gallery’s titans, Rubens and Rembrandt.” The inaugural show will have eleven paintings by Rembrandt and nine works by Rubens.