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Greatest painting poll launched
National Gallery
The Gallery has teamed up with the Today programme
BBC Radio 4's Today programme has joined forces with London's National Gallery for a new poll which aims to find the greatest painting in Britain.

The survey, believed to be the first of its kind, will allow members of the public to nominate and comment on their favourite works of art.

Any painting currently hanging in a British art gallery is eligible, regardless of its origins.

A shortlist of 10 will be revealed on the Today programme in August.


Members of the public are also being encouraged to offer reasons for their choice of painting, as well as any reveal any anecdotes or information they may have about the work of art.

"We believe the search for The Greatest Painting in Britain will tell us a great deal about how 21st Century, multicultural Britain sees itself," said National Gallery director Charles Saumarez Smith.

"This exciting, inclusive project is a chance to celebrate art in Britain. From classical landscapes to edgy commentary on modern life, The Greatest Painting in Britain is an invitation to evaluate every work of art in the country."

The shortlist will be revealed on 15 August, with the winning painting announced on the Today programme on 5 September.

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