Painted self-portrait of Van Gogh i Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (detail), 1889, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Portrait Mode at The Courtauld Gallery

Explore portraits in The Courtauld's collection

To mark the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery on 22 June 2023, The Courtauld Gallery is taking part in the ‘Portrait Mode’ campaign and inviting everyone to explore portraits in our collection.

Discover our collection highlights, take part in our free Gallery family trail, immerse yourself in portraiture at home with a selection from The Courtauld Shop, and more.

Courtauld collection highlights

The Courtauld’s much-loved permanent collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts ranging from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.

Explore portraits on display at The Courtauld Gallery, and in our collection, including the world-famous A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Èdouard Manet and Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent Van Gogh.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

20th century

Paintings in Europe, 1600 - 1800


Explore our collection

The Great Portrait Makeover

Free Family Trail

Be inspired by artists in our collection and use your imagination to become a portrait revolutionary!

Pick up The Great Portrait Makeover trail from The Courtauld Gallery ticket desk when you arrive and go on a hunt to discover our collection of portraits. You might find old friends and also some new!

Included with Gallery Entry.
Children go free.

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An image of The Coutauld's Free Family Trail: Great Portrait Makeover i An image of The Coutauld's Free Family Trail: Great Portrait Makeover

Portrait Mode at The Courtauld Shop

Immerse yourself in portraiture at home with exclusive pieces from The Courtauld Shop, from books and bespoke prints to gifts inspired by our collection.

Portrait Mode products at The Courtauld Shop

Art and Artifice: Fakes from the Collection

17 June – 8 Oct 2023

A new display presenting remarkable forgeries from The Courtauld51ݶ collection, the stories behind their making and the discovery of their deception. Included with Gallery Entry.Friends go free.

Oil painting of a Virgin and Child, with the Virgin standing in front of an archway wearing an orange-red dress and blue cape holding an infant lightly swaddled. The colours are vibrant but the panel visibly worn. i Umberto Giunti (1886-1970), Forgery in the manner of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) Virgin and Child, 1920s, oil paint on wood panel, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Virtual Tours

Our virtual tour uses a photographic technique to show The Courtauld Gallery and our collection in exceptional close-up quality. Roam each room of the Gallery, and zoom in to look closely at masterpieces from our collection, from individual brush strokes to the texture of the paint.

Explore portraits on display, or rediscover our past blockbuster exhibition, Van Gogh. Self Portraits.


Discover Portrait Mode

From exhibitions and displays, to tours and competitions, activity across the UK and internationally, Portrait Mode highlights the amazing range of portraits on show in collections, galleries and other spaces across the UK.

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