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Black is the New Black
The ‘Black Is The New Black’ exhibition app brings the physical and digital worlds together, for a dynamic augmented reality experience. Open the app up, point your camera at the portrait you’re viewing and clips of the people featured - from David Harewood to Naomi Campbell - are yours to see. Shot as a part of the BBC Series of the same name, this offers extra insight into the minds of some of the country’s most eminent Black talent over fashion, film, science, and sport.
SMARTIFY: Scan & Discover art
Love visiting art galleries but miss not knowing the stories behind the artworks? Wish you could carry your favourite art with you, and show your collection to friends? Join the thousands of people who have used Smartify in museums and galleries across the world to discover and share art.
Hold your phone up to an artwork. The app will recognise the image and you'll be able to find out more about it immediately on your phone. Use the screen just like your phone camera - Tap the screen to focus and brighten, pinch to zoom in and out. No more squeezing through crowds to read that little label!
Exploring works of art has never been this up close and personal. Boulevard AR brings art to you, wherever you are, and now features three important paintings from London’s National Portrait Gallery collection. Representing 20th-century Nobel-Prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin, renowned 19th-century painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside his friend, the critic and novelist Theodore Watts-Dunton, and lastly Sir Henry Unton, a diplomat and soldier from the Elizabethan era, Boulevard AR’s offerings reveal secrets and tell stories across a 400-year span.
National Portrait Gallery - Wellington Funeral Scroll
The Duke of Wellington’s funeral in November 1852 was one of the most spectacular ever seen in England. The procession to St Paul’s Cathedral was watched by a crowd estimated at a million and a half people. A printed panorama, over sixty-six feet long, was published to commemorate the event.
Explore this panorama in all its stunning glory with our new iPad app. Pan right across the procession and zoom into all the fascinating details captured including thousands of uniformed soldiers from every regiment in the British army; state and regimental bands; horse-drawn carriages for members of the Royalty; aristocracy; politicians; the Lord Mayor; 83 Chelsea Pensioners (matching the Duke’s age); and the Duke of Wellington’s family, culminating in the double height section of the funeral cortège itself and poignantly the late Duke's horse carrying his master's boots.
The National Portrait Gallery tour app provides and video and audio commentaries from the Gallery's curators to help you discover the amazing life stories of the people in the paintings who have shaped British history and culture.
Enjoy highlights of the Gallery's Collection by selecting themes, including Kings and Queens, Science and Discovery, Fames and Celebrity, and Writers. View portraits on your iPhone and zoom in for a closer look.
Gallery floorplans and room numbers are included in the app to help you locate portraits. There is also information about visiting the Gallery, opening hours and information about the Gallery's shops, restaurant and café.
Developed using both subtitles and British Sign Language, the National Portrait Gallery BSL app enables people who are hearing impaired or deaf to explore the Gallery's Collection and discover amazing life stories of the people who have shaped British history and culture in video interviews with BSL interpretation and commentaries. Enjoy highlights of the Collection by theme, such as Kings and Queens, Science and Discovery, Fame and Celebrity and Writers. The app also includes a map of the Gallery to help you plan for your visit.