The exposition presents an extensive collection of the best works of fine art in Europe of the 13th - 20th centuries and the collection of the National Gallery (London) and has rightfully earned a reputation as a "textbook on the history of European painting". The paintings are divided into seven thematic groups, incl. painting of the Italian Renaissance, the Golden Age of Holland, portrait painting of Britain, etc. Visitors will see about 70 masterpieces from the Gallery's collection, from the Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists.
The exhibition provides an overview of the history of European art, as well as the formation of collections in Britain and the history of cultural and artistic interaction between England and the European continent. This is the first large-scale display of works from the National Gallery outside Britain, featuring the first Japanese display of all works, including Carlo Crivelli's Annunciation and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.