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.
25 prints and drawings illustrate how Raphael’s art shaped artistic standards
125 paintings & 70 drawings from some 40 collections trace his career
100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe in the late-18th and early-19th centuries
100 works in a range of media depict the Paris Opéra
Some 130 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings, and prints from 1600 through 1750