Lucian Freud, who died in July at the age of 88, once said, ‘I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.’ And if you’ve ever looked at a Freud portrait for any length of time, you’ll know exactly what he means. His genius was in his ability to expose each sitter in all their fascinating, complex glory, warts and all, from the famous (Kate Moss, the Queen and David Hockney) to the unknown (such as ‘Benefits Supervisor’ Sue Tilley who posed for a painting that sold for a record £17 million in 2008). And next year, thanks to the National Portrait Gallery, we’ll have the chance to see over 100 of his portraits, many of which have never been seen in public before. We’re hugely looking forward to it and so, it seems, are quite a few other people as the National Portrait Gallery themselves are advising people to book early. So get your skates on and book your tickets now, before it becomes another ‘Leonardo’.