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. More space was needed, and the East Building was commissioned.
Whether you go or not, National Gallery of Art (2006) , is a comprehensive survey, with 315 illustrations, of the museum's permanent collection. Works by the greatest masters of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, include Leonardo da Vinci, Vermeer, Titian, el Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Manet, van Gogh, Cézanne, and Picasso, as well as a wealth of American paintings and an array of photography and contemporary art. The museum's collection also reflects centuries of achievement in sculpture and the decorative and graphic arts.
20 works, representing most of Sittow's small oeuvre, examine his art in context
Explores how the act of posing changed with the evolution of portraiture
120 photographs and ephemera illustrate how Parks shaped his groundbreaking style
Sculptures, paintings, and drawings exemplify the artist's classic style
250+ works examine the American artist's role in contemporary culture
Examines the artistic and art historical context of Franciscan 15th - 18th century imagery
60 examples provide an expansive visual account of his works in this genre
21 prints consider the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles
Showcasing Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long as well as works on paper
90 objects highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes
45 paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, and models celebrate the Dutch relationship with water
100 objects from the artist’s 30-year career
125 photographs explore the influence of the South in the artist's work
65+ Dutch Golden Age painters' works rarely seen in the US
The first exhibition to focus specifically on Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman
The first North American retrospective featuring 50+ paintings and 12+ works on paper
40 prints from the second half of 16th century Venetian art