Housed in a National Historic Landmark building which it shares with the American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery displays the connection between American history, biography and art, covering more than 225 years of history. The collection is presented in a series of thematic galleries, including "America's Presidents," “America Origins, 1600-1900,” and “20th Century Americans” "The Struggle For Justice".
"Champions" and "Bravo!" showcase sports figures, and composers and performers from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. And ”Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze” is a collection of 14 portraits in bronze and terra-cotta made by American sculptor Jo Davidson between 1908 and 1946.
The Gallery guide, Portrait of a Nation: Highlights From the National Portrait Gallery, tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
If you're interested in portraiture, you are bound to enjoy The Portrait Timeline website.
Twenty celebrities reflecting the diversity of American life during Lincoln’s presidency
Dietrich challenges the limited notions of femininity of her time
Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and salted-paper prints of Brady's significant pre-WWII career
Letters, artwork, and personal photographs reveal Plath’s journey of self-understanding
75 works depict laborers throughout the changing landscape of America
Looking back at the history of the National Portrait Gallery
Explores the rich historical roots and powerful contemporary presence of a relatively unstudied art form
27 objects that tell the story of America through portraiture
Hodler's and others' work embodying the "Eurythmy" theory of expressing emotion through movement
2 artists grapple with minorities' under- and misrepresentation in portraiture and American history
Highlighting 50 years of collecting daguerreotypes
30 portraits tell the story of a memorable time in American history