The remarkable range of tones between the absolutes of black and white become the focal point in the exhibition "Monochrome: Paintings in Black and White," on view at London's National Gallery from 30 October 2017 to 18 February 2018.

Featuring more than 50 paintings created over a span of over seven centuries, "Monochrome" reveals the compelling aspects of works when the palette is restricted to such a range. Paintings by historic masters such as Albrecht Dürer and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres are paired with more contemporary figures like Gerhard Richter and Bridget Riley to encourage audiences to consider the powerful potential of painting without color.