The Gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. A favorite museum of ours here at FamousDC is the National Gallery of Art. A £10MILLION painting seen in James Bond film Skyfall has been damaged when a man barged into one of the world’s most famous galleries and began vandalised the artwork. Though just missing the list, notably, the Chinese-French painter Zao Wouki's oil painting Juin-Octobre 1985 was sold for $65m in 2018. The best part about the Smithsonian museums is that they offer free access to some of the world’s best collections right here in the District of Columbia. The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London.Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. When the National Gallery opened to the public in 1941, the 121 old master paintings that Mellon had given to the nation were on view. Fears that £344m world’s most expensive painting was NOT actually painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. Most expensive non-Western paintings. The National Gallery of Art’s painting collection, like the museum itself, began with Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Among the listed top 89, only 3 are paintings by non-Western artists. Thomas Gainsborough’s … The authenticity of the world’s most expensive painting has been thrown into doubt by claims that the National Gallery gave the misleading impression that Salvator Mundi was definitely the sole work View all Paintings. The NGA is home to some of the most amazing paintings in the world, and is a great place to go on a fall afternoon. With London home to art gallery after world-class art gallery, picking a painting to go visit can be tricky. National Gallery of Art. The daddy of London's art collections was founded in 1824 to display a collection of just 36 paintings, today the National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works. They are traditional Chinese paintings by Qi Baishi and Wang Meng.In particular, Qi Baishi's Twelve Landscape Screens was sold for $140.8m in 2017.