The National Gallery of Art collection includes European and American masterpieces in every medium, with thousands of significant works of art from the Renaissance to the present day.
When the National Gallery of Art was dedicated in 1941, the nucleus of its world-class collection consisted of 126 paintings and 26 sculptures given by Andrew Mellon — from Jan van Eyck’s Annunciation and Raphael’s Alba Madonna to Francisco de Goya’s Marquesa de Pontejos and Gilbert Stuart’s The Skater.
But Mellon anticipated that the collections of the National Gallery of Art would grow beyond the capacity of its original building, and at his request, Congress had set aside an adjacent plot of land for future use. Just 25 years later, 114 exhibition galleries were filled with great works of art. When more space was needed, the East Building was commissioned.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
125 paintings & 70 drawings from some 40 collections trace his career
45 paintings & 30 drawings in the first Carpaccio retrospective ever held outside Italy
120+/- oils, watercolors, drawings and photographs from the artist’s travels
40+/- clay models reveal the artist’s working process
More than 100 paintings on paper transform our understanding of this preeminent artist
Spain as Sargent saw it: landscapes, architecture, art, music, dance, & costume
40 works of deep cultural and spiritual traditions
50 years of imaging technology and examination illuminate how Vermeer achieved what he did.