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.
Some 100 photographs reframe Lange’s work through the lens of portraiture
130 works including a rare reunion of many of the paintings first featured at the radical 1874 exhibition
More than 70 prints, drawings, illustrated books, portfolios, and sculpture
160 works explore the overlap between abstract art, fashion, design, and craft.
Three monumental maritime-themed paintings inspire a thought-provoking dialogue
Documentation of the hybrid architecture that combined Indigenous & colonial traditions
More than 100 paintings on paper transform our understanding of this preeminent artist
Landscapes and urban scenes by American artists in the early 20th century