Exploring works of art has never been this up close and personal. Boulevard AR brings art to you, wherever you are, and now features three important paintings from London’s National Portrait Gallery collection. Representing 20th-century Nobel-Prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin, renowned 19th-century painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside his friend, the critic and novelist Theodore Watts-Dunton, and lastly Sir Henry Unton, a diplomat and soldier from the Elizabethan era, Boulevard AR’s offerings reveal secrets and tell stories across a 400-year span.

Curators from the National Portrait Gallery narrate the immersive experiences and guide users through select aspects, allowing for independent exploration of these fascinating artworks. You can place any of the portraits on a wall, in your own space, and move towards them for close-up looking; tap to activate unique elements in each. Music and layered effects make your augmented reality encounters with history even more meaningful and complete.

Bring each of these portraits into your world and see what unfolds.

-"Eye of the Beholder” update adds optics theme to the mix.

-Simple UI: tap to interact.

-User-driven experience: self-guided discovery and interactivity.

-8K image: user can get closer than ever possible in a museum! See fine details of brushwork and application of paint.

-Boulevard Arts ecosystem provides engaging and entertaining interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

-Optimized for iOS 11 with ARKit.

*Music credits:
Unton: Lachrimae, or Seven Tears - 9. Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral by I Solipsisti is licensed under CC by 3.0
Hodgkin: Momentum - Stock media provided by Michael Weber Music/Pond5
Rossetti: Mendelssohn, Songs Without Words Op. 30 no. 1 - Stock media provided by Michael Weber Music/Pond5

What's New

Version 2.0

Added two new paintings from National Portrait Gallery, London:
- Portrait of Nobel-Prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin
- Portrait of renowned 19th-century painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his friend, the critic and novelist Theodore Watts-Dunton

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Explore renowned works of art in an immersive experience.


Awesome app

So futuristic and amazing how clear it comes in. Looks like it really sits wherever you put it. Only thing... I paid the 2.99. Will I have more paintings than the one sir Henry? Update: developers reached out and answered my question.
⭐️ (6th star) and lets just say I’m excited for the near future with this app. Lol

Developer Response

Hi Scottythestoneman,

Thanks for the review and glad you like it so far and yes, we are currently working on new content that will be added in an update in the fairly near future.

All the best

platinum pauly d

Taking art everywhere

It’s so cool being able to bring a museum everywhere I go. Everyone I’ve shown it to, from a 4 year old to a 76 year old has been amazed by the level of detail and interaction.


Boulevard Arts, Inc.
394.4 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Boulevard Arts, Inc. 2018. BOULEVARD® is a registered trademark of Boulevard Arts, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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