How can a single painting ignite the imagination and curiosity of young people?
Each year a painting from the National Gallery's collection is chosen to enrich the education of children aged three to 11 across the UK. The intention is that the pictures will continue to inspire the children throughout their lives. Hundreds of school communities take part and submit their work for display.
Veronese's painting shows the family of King Darius of Persia kneeling before Alexander the Great just after his victory at the Battle of Issus in 333BC. Following Darius's exile, his family have come to ask mercy from Alexander and his invading army from the west. Veronese was one of the leading painters in Venice at the time, renowned for his decorative colour and brilliant illusionistic effects.
The work featured here captures a range of the children's creative responses.
National GalleryTrafalgar Square
London Greater London United Kingdom WC2N 5DN