Art museum

National Gallery of Art

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Roro
March 26, 2022
A must see for art lovers! The National Gallery has a collection of over 141,000 art works and a 6.1 acre sculpture garden. It’s open everyday (except Christmas) and it’s FREE. You’ll find works from the Middle Ages to the present from artists like Monet, Degas, Rembrandt, Manet, Van Gogh, Goya, Delacroix, Fra Angelico, Van Honthorst and the only DaVinci on display in the Western Hemisphere. Everyone has their favorite pieces. Here are 5 of ours. 1) The Concert by Van Honthorst, one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age, whose style was greatly influenced by Caravaggio. Fun fact: Before it was acquired by the Gallery in 2013, the painting had not been publicly seen since 1795. 2) Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo DaVinci. Painted circa 1474, it’s the first of only three portraits DaVinci painted of women; the others are Mona Lisa in Paris and Woman with an Ermine in Krakow. Fun fact: The painting was owned by the Liechtenstein princely family for over 250 years until 1967 when Prince Franz Joseph II sold it to pay for his son’s wedding. Sale price: $5 million, at the time the largest sum ever paid for a work of art. Fifty years later, DaVinci’s painting The Salvatore Mundi sold for $450.3 million. 3) Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar by Rembrandt, painted in 1659. By this point the artist had lost 3 children and his first wife, declared bankruptcy and fallen out of favor in the art world. You can see the weight of these events etched on his face, a stunning and sincere depiction of sadness, vulnerability and worry. 4) “The Stroll” by Monet depicts his wife Camille Monet and their son Jean Monet in 1875. Fun Fact: Camille and Jean modeled for Monet’s friends Renoir and Manet. On a summer day in 1874 both Renoir and Manet painted the duo. Renoir’s painting “Madame Monet and Her Son” is also on display at the Gallery, while Manet’s version “The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil” is on display at the Met in NYC.
A must see for art lovers! The National Gallery has a collection of over 141,000 art works and a 6.1 acre sculpture garden. It’s open everyday (except Christmas) and it’s FREE. You’ll find works from the Middle Ages to the present from artists like Monet, Degas, Rembrandt, Manet, Van Gogh, Goya, Del…
Derek
February 22, 2022
Classic DC Gem. A must see for sure if you are into arts.
Meaghan
August 9, 2021
A stunning space, with an attached sculpture garden that has an ice rink in the winter.
Anne
February 19, 2020
This museum spans two buildings, an East and West Wing, showcasing priceless artworks from Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, John Singleton Copley, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Matisse. Tip: Starting May through the end of August, relax in the museum's gorgeous sculpture garden and enjoy performances from the "Jazz in the Garden" series.
Lanisa
January 26, 2019
Amazing, breathtaking, unparalleled exhibitions.

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