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
Explores the rich historical roots and powerful contemporary presence of a relatively unstudied art form
Highlighting 50 years of collecting daguerreotypes
30 portraits tell the story of a memorable time in American history
Explores how American artists portray themselves
Presents newly aquired historic and contemporary works
Gaining insights into the lives of women, past and present
Examines the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States
Portrays numerous women of national prominence
Images of early feminist icons
Photographs capture intimate moments of communication
Paintings, photographs, and archival materials reveal one woman's impact on segregational policies
A 2017 portrait by Kadir Nelson
Installation fills the museums’ courtyard with hundreds of orchids