National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

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  • Claude Monet, Oil on Canvas 1873
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    National Gallery of Art: Enjoy the Architecture

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    The NGA, which opened in 1937, is home to great art, but the building itself is also worth a look. The exterior, like many buildings in DC is classical in style with Ionic columns adorning the front. Inside are expansive hallways with arches, domed ceilings, marble floors, statues and many flowers. The lower level includes a pretty wall of cascading water as you leave the west building on your way to the east side.

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    National Gallery of Art: American Works

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Watson and the Shark by Singleton Copley

    As might be expected in the nation's capitol, the National Gallery houses a large collection of American art. Artists represented include Homer, Whistler, Cassatt, Singelton Copley, Stuart and Bellows. One of my favorites is a Singleton Copley of rescuers aboard a rowboat trying to save a man from a shark attack. A famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart is also on display.

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    National Gallery of Art: Older Works

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    da Vinci portrait

    A large collection of art from the Medieval period to the Renaissance to 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish works are housed on the second floor of the Gallery.

    Medieval works are almost always religious in theme. Unless you're a big fan, take in a few of these rooms and move on-- all of these works start to look similar after a while.

    Renaissance works include paintings by Botticelli and Raphael, as well as a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci's painting is probably the most famous at the Gallery and is the only painting by the artist located in the United States.

    Dutch and Flemish works are often of daily life scenes and frequently focus on the effects of light on a setting. The Gallery houses numerous works by Rembrandt and his studio.

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    National Gallery of Art: Post Impressionists

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Van Gogh flowers

    On the second floor of the Gallery, in the same wing as the impressionists, you can find a large collection of post-impressionist works. The post-impressionist period spanned from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Artists contributing to the movement, all of whom are represented at the Gallery, include Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Cezanne.

    Works by Cezanne in the Gallery take up an entire room and include landscapes, portraits and still life images. The small Van Gogh collection includes landscapes, flowers and portraits. Many of Gauguin's Tahitian scenes are represented.

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    National Gallery of Art: Impressionists

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    The West Wing of the National Gallery of Art houses older art works, dating from Medieval times to early 20th century. More modern works are in the East Wing.

    A very good collection of Impressionist pieces can be found in the West Wing, including ballerinas by Degas, cathedrals and flower gardens by Monet, Parisian scenes by Manet, and pictures of women and children by Renoir.

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    national gallery of art

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2007

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    the national gallery is located in two buildings on the mall across the park from the smithsonian. the newer east wing houses modern art and the more traditional building to the west houses european and american traditional art. the european painting rooms are a must see site in washington. in my opinion the national gallery is the best art museum in america next to the metropolitan in new york. for lovers of fine art the west wing is a must see spot in washington.

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    National Gallery

    by evilprebil Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Free Smithsonian museums make DC a lot more fun! We basically went to the gift shop and a few exhibits. It was nice to not feel pressured to see everything to get our money's worth. They actually have really great cafes to eat in. I enjoyed having some gelato and coffee while watching the fountain downstairs. Lots of great collections!

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    National Gallery of Art

    by besbel Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    NGA-Monet's Pallazo da Mula-Venice

    The National Gallery of Art is one of the museums located at the National Mall. From all of them, and by far, this one is my favorite. This museum has an amazing collection that covers almost all artistic manifestations, like paintings, sculpture and ceramics. In case of painting, it covers most of the historical international and national trends.
    I was mostly amazed with the Impressionist gallery. You could find several Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne. You can also find artwork from Leonardo, Rafael Sanzio, Rembrandt and others. I've been there twice, and I feel I need a couple more of times to go and enjoy its treasures. The entrance is free, and you can also enjoy of other activities in the gallery, like music concerts, movies and lectures.

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    Sculpture Garden

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    HOURS

    Monday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
    Sunday: 11pm to 6pm

    Extended Hours (Memorial to Labor Day )
    Monday through Thursday & Saturday: 10 am to 7pm
    Friday: 10am to 9pm
    Sunday: 11am to 7pm

    Ice Rink Hours (Nov. 15 to March 15)
    Monday through Thursday: 10am to 11pm
    Friday and Saturday: 10am to Midnight
    Sunday: 10am to 9pm

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    National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 2, 2007
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    The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a block-large sculpture garden west of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. Personally, I'm not a big fan of most the art here, though some might enjoy it; there are various scupltures and figures and pyramids, and in the center of the garden is an ice-skating rink. It is directly south of the National Archives.

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    National Gallery of Art

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 19, 2006

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    This is one of the world's greatest art museums--definitely a must-see for any art lover. It has a fine collection of the old European masters, American artists, and more.

    It consists of two buildings, the ultra-modern East Building and the more traditional Greek-revival West Building.

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  • The National Gallery of Art

    by charrie Written Jul 10, 2006

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    L-IM Pei's design from above and below.

    First of all, I was shocked when we had to go through a security check-point where security went through all of our belongings. I'm glad I didn't have anything potentially embarrassing in my purse. I.M. Pei's design is magnificent. A must-see. We loved the Picassos and Matisses. There were a few others like Georgia O'Keefe that we also enjoyed, but all-in-all we were unimpressed with the collections. There was far too much modern art for my taste. I find modern art and those who think they can interpret it to be pretentious. We were expecting so much more.

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    Rembrandt and stylish interiors

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 14, 2006

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    STYLISH INTERIOR OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
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    In pretty set up old style interiors of National Gallery of Art I've seen the famous painting:
    "Portrait of a Man in a Tall Hat", oil on canvas painted by Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 - 1669) in circa 1663.

    I've also seen interesting Writing Table with Mechanical Fittings (veneered in oak, with gilt-bronze mounts) made partly in the 19th century by unknown craftsman (probably French or German) and partly circa 1779 by David Roentgen, a German artist (1743 - 1807).

    Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. He was also a proficient printmaker and made many drawings. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), in which Dutch culture, science, commerce, world power and political influence reached their pinnacles.

    Rembrandt was born in Leiden, the Netherlands ( close to the cities of the Hague and Haarlem) and at age 25 he moved to Amsterdam. In total, he produced around 600 paintings, 300 etchings, and 2,000 drawings among them almost a hundred his self-portraits.I've seen his famous painting known as "The Night Watch" (formally *The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq") in the largest hall of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

    David Roentgen was famous luxary furniture worker who supplied the King of France Louis XVI and Catherine the Great of Russia. He lived in Wiesbaden, Germany (about 30 km or 20 km west of Frankfurt am Main) and traveled to Paris, Russia, Italy, Holland, and Prussia.

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    Religious 15-16th century art

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    TAPESTRY
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    In National Gallery of Art I've paid attention to two religious works of art:
    1. "The Crucifixion", tapestry (undyed wool warp; spun silver, silver-gilt, and dyed silk and wool weft) created by Pieter Pannemaker I (Flemish, active circa 1517/1535) in circa 1520.
    2. "The Virgin Annunciate", stained glass crated by Giovanni di Domenico (Florentine, active circa 1500) in 1498/1503.

    I've also seen Florentine Cassone Made for Altoviti Family of walnut in the first half of the 16th century. It pus put under "The Crucificion" tapestry.

    Pieter Pannemaker belonged to family of tapestry weavers who furnished the palaces of Europe with impressive tapestries in gold and silver threads and expensively dyed fine silks and wools from his shop in Brussels. Paris and Arras in France as well as Tournai and Brussels in Belgium were main producers of tapestries. In my native Polish language tapestry is called "arras" no matter where it was woven.

    Few of old tapestries survived the French Revolution as hundreds were burnt to recover the gold thread that was often woven into them. Sigismund II of Poland collected tapestries. His collection counted 350 tapestries mainly from Flanders of which 142 survived. Nowadays they form the world's largest tapestry collection put on display in the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, Poland.
    The three most famous tapestries:
    - "La Dame a la Licorne" (The Lady and the Unicorn), stored in l'Hotel de Cluny in Paris
    - "Bayeux Tapestry" which due to impressive size (50 cm by 70 m = 20in by 230ft) exhibited in a special museum in Bayeux, Normandy, France
    - "The Hunt of the Unicorn" displayed at The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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    %Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Bellini and Titian

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    THE ANNUNCIATION, JAN VAN EYCK (1434/1436?)
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    There are two works of art in National Art Gallery which are marked as highlights in museum's leaflet:
    1. "The Annunciation", oil on canvas transferred from panel painted by Jan van Eyck (Netherlandish, circa 1390 - 1441) circa 1434/1436
    2. "The Feast of the Gods", oil on canvas painted by Giovanni Bellini (Venetian, c. 1430/1435 - 1516) and Titian (Venetian, c. 1490 - 1576) in 1514/1529.

    Jan van Eyck was the most famous painter of the 15th century. He lived in the Hague (probably), resided in Lille, France for a year and then moved to Bruges, Belgium.
    His most famous work is a very large and complex polyptych panel painting The Ghent altarpiece in cathedral of St Bavo in Gent, Belgium which includes The Adoration of the Lamb.

    Giovanni Bellini focused on religious subjects, rather than on the increasing popular classical subject matter. He experimented with the use of color and atmosphere in oil painting. He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more "sensuous and colouristic style". His mott famous painting, except "The Feast of the Gods" is "The Doge Leonardo Loredan", on display in the National Gallery in London.

    Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) worked and learnt in Bellini's workshop. He is considered one of the greatest 16th century Renaissance painter. He was born in Pieve di Cadore and lived in Venice. I've seen his most famous painting "Venus of Urbino" in Uffizi in Florence.

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