Exterior View, National Gallery of Art, Washington

National Gallery of Art, Washington

About the Museum


Interior of the West building

Interior, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Interior of the West building
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Interior of the West building

Exterior View, National Gallery of Art, Washington
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Exterior View, National Gallery of Art, Washington

West Building Rotunda
Copyright:Property of Charles H Bauduy, National Gallery of Art, Washington

West Building Rotunda

Interior of the National Gallery of Art featuring Lucian Freud paintings
Denis Mortell Photography 2016, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Photo: Denis Mortell

Interior of the National Gallery of Art featuring Lucian Freud paintings

The National Gallery of Art was founded in 1937 by the Congress of the United States following a request by Andrew W Mellon, who believed that the country deserved a national fine art museum as grand as others around the world. It is one of the largest in North America and boasts an extraordinary collection that reaches from the early Renaissance to the present day. Its Neo-Classical West Building houses significant works by masters from the 13th through to the 19th centuries. Renovated in 2016 to expand exhibition spaces, I.M. Pei’s striking triangular East Building is home to later works, by pioneers of European Modernism through to contemporary media artists.

Collection Highlights


Frederic Edwin Church

Niagara

Leonardo da Vinci

Ginevra de' Benci [obverse]

Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait

Edward Hopper

Ground Swell

Amedeo Modigliani

Chaim Soutine
National Gallery of Art, Washington: Collection Highlights

Frederic Edwin Church

Niagara, 1857
oil on canvas, 101.6 cm x 229.9 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund)

Leonardo da Vinci

Ginevra de' Benci [obverse], c.1474-1478
oil on panel, 38.1 cm x 37 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait, 1889
oil on canvas, 57.2 cm x 43.8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney

Edward Hopper

Ground Swell, 1939
oil on canvas, 91.92 cm x 127.16 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund)

Amedeo Modigliani

Chaim Soutine, 1917
oil on canvas, 91.7 x 59.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection
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