The Gallery raised the cost of this, the first of two renovation phases for its North Galleries, from the private sector - and more than half the funds came from France. The designer Yves Saint Laurent has supported the entire cost of the largest room (left) which houses 17th- century Paris paintings, including Philippe de Champaigne's portrait of Cardinal Richelieu. The Queen and the Queen Mother have also backed the project.
Neil MacGregor, director of the National Gallery, described the support as "an outstanding example of European co-operation". The second pounds 4m phase is due to open in the autumn of next year.Reuse content