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Masterworks by the most renowned European and American artists, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile ever created by Alexander Calder, await visitors to the National Gallery of Art, one of the world's preeminent art museums. The Gallery’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals,

and decorative arts traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. Open to the public free of charge, the Gallery was created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of Andrew W. The Gallery’s campus includes the original neoclassical West Building designed by John Russell Pope, which is linked underground to the modern East Building designed by I.M. Temporary special exhibitions spanning the world and the history of art are presented frequently.

“Photography is not just about capturing moments; it's about seeing the world in a new way.” —Dorothea Lange In 1919, wh...
01/07/2024

“Photography is not just about capturing moments; it's about seeing the world in a new way.”
—Dorothea Lange

In 1919, when Lange opened her San Francisco portrait studio, she started out photographing members of high society. But with the 1929 stock market crash, much of that work dried up. “Surrounded by evidence of the Depression,” in her words, she began to reconsider her focus.

Lange took her camera to the streets of San Francisco and started photographing people who were openly struggling. They were without homes, hungry, and exhausted. She dedicated much of the rest of her career to documenting subjects in vulnerable or dangerous situations. By exposing the injustice and abuse she witnessed, Lange hoped to relieve them.

See life through her lens 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/48MUfwz

“Dorothea Lange: Seeing People,” is on view in our West Building through March 31. 📷✨
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📷 Dorothea Lange, “Eighteen-year-old mother from Oklahoma, now a California migrant,” March 1937, gelatin silver print, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

01/05/2024

“Cuando conozca tu alma, pintaré tus ojos”.

Amedeo Modigliani creía que los ojos eran la puerta del alma, y por eso solo solía pintar las pupilas de su sujeto si conocía a la persona. Estos ojos “vacíos”, además de las caras ovaladas y los cuellos alargados, se convirtieron en uno de los elementos más conocidos de su arte.

Pero aun sin ojos, se siente la emoción del artista italiano en sus cuadros, ¿no te parece?
🖼️ Amedeo Modigliani, "Madame Kisling," 1917, óleo sobre lienzo, 46 x 33 cm, Colección de Chester Dale

🖼️ Amedeo Modigliani, “Mujer con pelo rojo”, 1917, óleo sobre lienzo, 92 x 61 cm, Colección de Chester Dale

🖼️ Amedeo Modigliani, “Monsieur Deleu”, 1916, óleo sobre lienzo, 81 x 47 cm, Colección de Chester Dale

🖼️ Amedeo Modigliani, “Cantante de café”, 1917, óleo sobre lienzo, 92 x 60 cm, Colección de Chester Dale

We can’t believe there are only 2 weeks left of The Land Carries Our Ancestors. This show brings together work by nearly...
01/04/2024

We can’t believe there are only 2 weeks left of The Land Carries Our Ancestors.

This show brings together work by nearly 50 contemporary Native American artists from across the country. Through a variety of materials, regional and tribal expressions, these works present a shared worldview rooted in thousands of years of reverence, knowledge, and care for the land.

We encourage you to make the time to visit to this consequential exhibition before its closure on January 15 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/3MNkYQW

01/03/2024

Want to join our happy hour?

A few artists from made the ultimate after-hour spread inspired by a 400-year-old painting. 🍷🦪✨

Around the turn of the 17th century, a number of Flemish painters presented sumptuous tabletop still lifes to delight the viewer, and none surpassed Osias Beert the Elder. The carefully crafted objects and expensive delicacies that he depicted celebrate a world of abundance and beauty in a style that shows off Beert’s mastery of textural effects and realistic detail.
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🖼️ Osias Beert the Elder, “Dishes with Oysters, Fruit, and Wine,” 1620/1625, oil on panel, 20 x 28 in., Patrons’ Permanent Fund
📍 West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 50B

01/01/2024

Welcome to the year of the dragon. 🔥

In this Vittore Carpaccio painting from 1516, a heroic Saint George rides fearlessly toward a menacing dragon.

According to legend, a brave knight journeyed on horseback from the town of Cappadocia, Turkey, to the Libyan city of Silene upon hearing stories about a dragon with fiery, poisonous breath. In an attempt to pacify the fearsome creature, the residents of Silene offered it two sheep as sacrifices.

And when the town eventually ran out of sheep? Enter Saint George with his medieval spear. ⚔️

While we’re closed today, you can dive deeper into the world of Vittore Carpaccio 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/3NJeoLN
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🖼 Vittore Carpaccio, “Saint George and the Dragon and Four Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint George,” 1516, oil on canvas, Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, Benedicti Claustra Onlus, Venice

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” — Pablo Picasso🖼 Pablo Picasso, “Fa...
01/01/2024

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
— Pablo Picasso
🖼 Pablo Picasso, “Family of Saltimbanques,” 1905, oil on canvas, 83 x 90 in., Chester Dale Collection, © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
📍 East Building, Mezzanine, Gallery 217C

As we count down to a new year, here are our predictions for 2024 ( ):
12/31/2023

As we count down to a new year, here are our predictions for 2024 ( ):

What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Choose one: 1 — Spending a quiet night indoors2 — Going to sleep before midnight3 — ...
12/30/2023

What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Choose one:

1 — Spending a quiet night indoors
2 — Going to sleep before midnight
3 — Worrying about 2024
4 — Dancing the night away
5 — None of the above

If 5, drop a comment to share what you’ve got cooked up.

Las amigas hacen las mejores fotos. 📸  En esta fotografía, Lola Álvarez Bravo nos enseña un lado muy honesto e íntimo de...
12/29/2023

Las amigas hacen las mejores fotos. 📸

En esta fotografía, Lola Álvarez Bravo nos enseña un lado muy honesto e íntimo de la gran Frida Kahlo. Las dos artistas mexicanas se conocieron en los años '40 y formaron una amistad a raíz de una admiración mutua, visiones políticas parecidas y por pertenecer a los mismos círculos sociales.

La misma Kahlo invitó a Álvarez Bravo a que le hiciera una serie de retratos, un proceso que profundizó su amistad y permitió que su amiga la representara con un nivel de empatía, entendimiento y comodidad que sería difícil a manos de otro. Tanto le gustó el producto final a Kahlo que llevaba una de las fotos en la portada de su diario.

🖼️ Lola Álvarez Bravo, "Frida Kahlo", 1944, plata sobre gelatina, 21 × 18 cm, regalo de los Sres. Robert Lennon y Ramon Osuna en memoria de Gene Baro

You may have seen this painting by Gilbert Stuart before, but do you know the story behind it? 🤔 The 27-year-old Stuart ...
12/28/2023

You may have seen this painting by Gilbert Stuart before, but do you know the story behind it? 🤔

The 27-year-old Stuart was inspired to make “The Skater” in 1782 after meeting a Scottish lawyer named William Grant. When Grant arrived for a sitting with Stuart in London, he observed that the winter day would be better spent skating. Cold weather was rare in London at the time, and the low temperatures made for safer skating on one of the city’s frozen ponds. So the two abandoned their plans and set out for the Serpentine, a lake in Hyde Park. In his telling, Stuart claimed that crowds gathered to watch him skate.

They soon realized that the ice wasn’t fully frozen when it began to crack. Stuart told Grant to grab onto his coattails and follow him off the lake. Once the two returned to Stuart’s studio, the artist had a spark of inspiration.

And that’s just the beginning. Read the full story 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/3RHwzmp
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🖼 Gilbert Stuart, “The Skater (Portrait of William Grant),” 1782, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection
📍 West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 59

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”– Edward Hopper^Just one of the many reasons why we love ...
12/27/2023

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
– Edward Hopper

^Just one of the many reasons why we love Edward Hopper.

The art                                  The artist
12/27/2023

The art The artist

Walking back into the office wearing the new outfit your favorite auntie gifted you during the holidays.  Who is this da...
12/26/2023

Walking back into the office wearing the new outfit your favorite auntie gifted you during the holidays.

Who is this dashing gentleman in shimmering, pink satin? His name was Andries Stilte and he was a flag bearer (an important guard) in the Haarlem military in 1600s Holland. He wore pink as a nod to his wealth. And he wore a bright blue sash to signify his rank as an officer.

This detailed portrait of Stilte is actually quite rare for its time. Find out why ➡️ https://bit.ly/3GUvSB1

🖼️ Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck, “Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer,” 1640, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in., Patrons' Permanent Fund

Roses for you, just because 🫲🖼️ Vincent van Gogh, “Roses,” 1890, oil on canvas, 27 x 35 in., Gift of Pamela Harriman in ...
12/26/2023

Roses for you, just because 🫲
🖼️ Vincent van Gogh, “Roses,” 1890, oil on canvas, 27 x 35 in., Gift of Pamela Harriman in memory of W. Averell Harriman
📍 West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 83

12/25/2023

Out of transparency: Henriette and Christine escaped from their paintings to exchange holiday presents in the Rotunda last night.

After an extensive search, they were found this morning practicing their pliés near the “Little Dancer.”

Thankfully, they have been returned to their portraits, safe and sound. We welcome you to pay them a visit when we reopen tomorrow.

Wishing you a happy holiday,
Your friends at the National Gallery of Art
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🖼️ Auguste Renoir, "Girl with a Hoop," 1885, oil on canvas, 49 x 30 in., Chester Dale Collection, West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 85
🖼️ Auguste Renoir, “The Dancer,” 1874, oil on canvas, 56 x 37 in., Widener Collection

“Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers” by Claude Monet 🌼That’s it. That’s the post.__🖼️ Claude Monet, “Jerusalem Artichoke Flower...
12/25/2023

“Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers” by Claude Monet 🌼

That’s it. That’s the post.
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🖼️ Claude Monet, “Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers,” 1880, oil on canvas, 39 x 28 in., Chester Dale Collection

Our holiday decorations would be incomplete without a giant, red mistletoe. ❤️ While we’re closed tomorrow, stop by the ...
12/24/2023

Our holiday decorations would be incomplete without a giant, red mistletoe. ❤️

While we’re closed tomorrow, stop by the museum to celebrate the holidays and spend some time with a few of your favorite works.
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🔻 Alexander Calder, "Untitled," 1976, aluminum and steel, 358 x 911 in., gross weight: 920 lb., Gift of the Collectors Committee

Vacation mode activated ✔️Drop a comment to share your holiday plans this week ⬇️ —Pietro Rotari's portraits are so real...
12/23/2023

Vacation mode activated ✔️

Drop a comment to share your holiday plans this week ⬇️

—Pietro Rotari's portraits are so realistic they’re like looking through a window. The Italian Baroque artist had a talent for translating the human qualities of his models into paint. He added distinct physiological details to trick your eye: like faint blush on a cheek, frizz on a lock of hair, and gently closed eyelids. *chef's kiss* Rotari immortalized people with paint. 🤌
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🖼 Pietro Rotari, “A Sleeping Girl,” 1760/1762, oil on canvas, 17 x 13 in., Samuel H. Kress Collection

"Woman with a Parasol (Madame Monet and Her Son)" by Claude Monet. ✨That's it. That's the post.__🖼 Claude Monet, “Woman ...
12/22/2023

"Woman with a Parasol (Madame Monet and Her Son)" by Claude Monet. ✨

That's it. That's the post.
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🖼 Claude Monet, “Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son,” 1875, oil on canvas, 39 x 31 in., Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
📍 West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 85

Hasta pintados los perros son lo mejor 🐶  Estos mastines convierten lo que podría ser una tragedia en una escena llena d...
12/22/2023

Hasta pintados los perros son lo mejor 🐶

Estos mastines convierten lo que podría ser una tragedia en una escena llena de esperanza. Los dos perros encuentran a un viajero bajo la nieve y en peligro en el puerto del Gran San Bernardo en los Alpes suizos, y trabajan en equipo para salvarle la vida. Uno intenta revivirlo lamiéndole la mano y el otro ladra para avisar a los monjes que se ven en el fondo derecho.

En esta época (el cuadro se pintó en 1820), este paso de montaña era el camino principal para viajar entre Italia y Suiza, y también uno de los más arriesgados. Por eso, un grupo de monjes agustinos estableció un hospicio en la zona para quien lo necesitara, contando con la ayuda de estos perros (este es el origen del querido san bernardo).

El artista, Sir Edwin Landseer, era tan celebrado por sus representaciones de animales que hasta la Reina Victoria le pidió que la pintara con sus mascotas – y en este cuadro vemos el porqué.

🖼️ Sir Edwin Landseer, “Mastines alpinos reanimando a un viajero angustiado” [“Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler”], 1820, óleo sobre lienzo, 189 × 237 cm, Patrons’ Permanent Fund

Drop a “☃️” if it’s snowing in your city.Tis the season for a close look at Robert Henri’s “Snow in New York.” ❄️Robert ...
12/21/2023

Drop a “☃️” if it’s snowing in your city.

Tis the season for a close look at Robert Henri’s “Snow in New York.” ❄️

Robert Henri's depiction of New York in the snow stands out from impressionist urban snow scenes of the period in several ways. Instead of portraying a major avenue, he opts for a common side street. The image lacks any narrative, anecdotal, or embellished elements. The composition follows a straightforward, one-point perspective, free from trivial details. The textured brushwork is notably daring, resembling a preparatory study more than a finished oil painting. The somber palette contributes to the creation of a dark, oppressive atmosphere.
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🖼 Robert Henri, “Snow in New York,” 1902, oil on canvas, 32 x 25 in., Chester Dale Collection

12/21/2023

Happy winter solstice ❄️

Every year, on the first day of winter, something magical happens at the museum: George Henry Durrie’s “Winter in the Country” comes to life. ✨

Enjoy this snowy walk through the pastures of Durrie’s 1858 scenic landscape. Plunge even further into this painting 🔎: https://bit.ly/4asRD8F


🖼 George Henry Durrie, “Winter in the Country,” 1858, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in., Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

A few winter love stories unfolded in the museum today. ❤️ Some visitors chose to take a break from the cold in favor of...
12/20/2023

A few winter love stories unfolded in the museum today. ❤️

Some visitors chose to take a break from the cold in favor of cozy moments in our space.

We hope you enjoy. ✨

There is more to these flowers than meets the eye. 🌸 Painter Lindsay Adams makes abstracted floral works that reflect he...
12/20/2023

There is more to these flowers than meets the eye. 🌸

Painter Lindsay Adams makes abstracted floral works that reflect her intersectional identity as a Black American woman living with cerebral palsy. Each flower represents her various identities.

The DC-born and Chicago-based artist’s paintings are also connected to the broader Black experience. "The florals represent a personal interrogation and reflection on the Black ancestral connection to land, place, and home." For Adams, every floral canvas or work on paper is singular, with its own story to tell. There’s no one way to be Black, and in multitudes of ways, Black people continue to expand cultures and build communities.

Read more in an article written by the founder and editor in chief of Gallery Gurls, Jasmin Hernandez 🔎: https://bit.ly/48nQwFo
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🖼 Lindsay Adams, “The Sun in the Mourning,” 2023, oil on canvas, courtesy of artist
🖼 Lindsay Adams, “Testimony,” 2023, oil on canvas, courtesy of artist

12/19/2023

Somewhere between living and dreaming ☁️

Watch this magical performance by Team USA as they dance around our frozen Sculpture Garden. ❄️

Plan your trip to our winter wonderland 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/47Fm8G1

What is she thinking? 🤔Wrong answers only. __🖼 Circle of Jacques-Louis David, “Portrait of a Young Woman in White,” 1798...
12/18/2023

What is she thinking? 🤔

Wrong answers only.
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🖼 Circle of Jacques-Louis David, “Portrait of a Young Woman in White,” 1798, oil on canvas, 49 x 37 in., Chester Dale Collection
📍 West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 56

12/18/2023

Interested in displaying art from the National Gallery in your classroom? We’re sending free posters to all teachers who want to bring artwork into their class. Grab some for your school 🔎➡️ https://bit.ly/3NufGdx

The house on your block that always has the best holiday decorations. Tag a friend who deserves a shout out for their ho...
12/17/2023

The house on your block that always has the best holiday decorations.

Tag a friend who deserves a shout out for their holiday decor 💛
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🖼 Edward Hopper, “Haskell's House,” 1924, watercolor over graphite on paperboard, 13 x 19 in., Gift of Herbert A. Goldstone

12/16/2023

Dalí 🤝🏽 La última cena

Puede que sorprenda ver una obra religiosa de Salvador Dalí. El artista español es más conocido por su estilo surrealista y por su inspiración en las investigaciones psicoanalíticas de Sigmund Freud. Por Freud descubrió el concepto del subconsciente, una idea que le permitía expandir los límites de la realidad en sus cuadros, un elemento fundamental del surrealismo.

Y en esta obra se nota también - la imagen translúcida de Cristo, la pared trasera evanescente y el fondo montañoso que representa la costa de Cataluña, donde creció Dalí y que aparece continuamente en su arte.

Dalí trabajó en estos detalles por 9 meses antes de terminar “El sacramento de la última cena”, y podríamos pasar otros 9 viéndolos. Ven a verla en persona, en la planta baja de nuestro edificio oeste.

🖼️ Salvador Dalí, “El sacramento de la última cena” [“The Sacrament of the Last Supper”], 1955, óleo sobre lienzo, 167 x 267 cm, Colección de Chester Dale

“Ginevra de' Benci” is the first of only three surviving portraits by Leonardo da Vinci on record. And it’s in our West ...
12/14/2023

“Ginevra de' Benci” is the first of only three surviving portraits by Leonardo da Vinci on record. And it’s in our West Building. ✨

Stop by anytime to see this rare painting in person📍.

Before this masterpiece, portraits were typically presented in profile. But Leonardo went where few artists had gone before: he pivoted Ginevra’s face ever so slightly so that you see her at a three-quarter angle so that you get a better view of her face. Because of this clear view of her face, Ginevra’s expression has been debated for centuries.

“What I find fascinating is how people interpret or analyze her facial expression as being austere or cold or remote,” says Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, curator and head of Italian and Spanish paintings. “But one could also just see her as confident or direct or composed. That complexity of both form and viewer reception is really Leonardo’s gift with this portrait of ‘Ginevra de' Benci.’”
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🖼️ Leonardo da Vinci, Ginevra de' Benci [obverse], c. 1474/1478, oil on panel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

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