Events and Activities


From 29 May to 7 September
Audioguide to the exhibition for adults and children. Some works have verbal descriptions for visitors who are blind or have visual impairments. Cost: $6.


Weekends from 11 am to 4 pm, daily in July and August
Artissimo is all about looking at art and making art. Experience the works that fill the Gallery, let your creativity run riot at the Artissimo kiosk in the Great Hall, then display your creation at the Artissimo Gallery. The Artissimo Gallery showcases, on a rotating basis, art made by children and their families at the kiosk, as well as art made by participants in workshops, camps and other programs held at the Gallery. For budding artists aged 3 and up. No registration required. Bilingual. Included with Gallery admission.

Symposium - Saturday 30 May from 10 am to 5 pm

Lectures and discussion on sixteenth century art in Rome by
internationally renowned scholars.

  • Raphael’s Transfiguration as a Metaphor of Christian Faith
    by Alessandro Nova, Director, Kunsthistorisches Institute, Florence
  • Raphael, Courtesan Culture and Life Drawing in Renaissance Rome
    by Jill Burke, Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art,
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh  University
  • What artists looked at in Early Sixteenth-Century Rome. The Evidence of Contemporary Drawings by David McTavish,
    Professor of Art History, Queen’s University, Kingston
  • Why was Michelangelo’s Last Judgment controversial?
    Michael Bury, Professor of History of art,
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • Federico Zuccaro et Girolamo Muziano: une amitié
    Michel Hochmann, Director of Studies, History of Italian painting
    École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris
  • Vasari, Borghini and Papal Portraits
    by Rick Scorza, Renaissance scholar, London.
  • Les sources de la galerie Farnese:Annibale Carracci face à ses maîtres by Catherine Loisel, Curator of Drawings, Musée du Louvre, Paris

In English or in French with simultaneous interpretation. In the Auditorium. Admission $40, Members $30. Admission to the exhibition included. Access to the Auditorium at 9:30 am. Advance ticket purchase required.
To register, call: 1-800-319-ARTS (2787)

Meet the Chief Conservator

Thursday 11 June at 6 pm
Meet Stephen Gritt, Chief of the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada, as he discusses the restoration project and fascinating story behind Paolo Veronese’s Petrobelli Altarpiece. In the Lecture Hall. Free admission.

Meet the Chief Curator

Sunday 5 July at 2 pm
A presentation of the exhibition by David Franklin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Curator of the exhibition Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome. In the Auditorium. Free admission.

Choral Quintet

Sundays 5 July and 30 August - From 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Join Musica Divina, a choral quintet, as they perform a series of 20 minute concerts in the exhibition space of Raphael to Carraci: The Art of Papal RomeIncluded with exhibition admission.

Drawing Workshop: Secrets of the Old Masters

Saturday 11 July 10 am to 5 pm
A one day intensive introduction to the drawing techniques of the old masters with the artist Pauline Bradshaw. Beginning and experienced artists alike will learn how to draw with accuracy and skill using many of the drawings from the Raphael to Carracci exhibition. Learn everything from fundamental techniques to creating fully rendered drawings. In the Studio. Cost: $ 100, Members $90.


Sunday 12, 19 July and 9, 23 August from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Life drawing demonstrations by artist Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre.
In the Studio. Free admission.


Thursday 27 August at 6 pm
Ivars Taurins, Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting the Ontario Youth Choir. In the Great Hall. Free admission.