National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art or the National Art Gallery, as some people would call it, is an art museum located in Washington, D.C. It is situated in the National Mall and is between the 9th and 3rd streets.
Since its inception in 1937, the National Art Gallery has been open to all tourists and guests for free; thanks to the joint resolution made by the United States Congress. A lot of the collections in the National Art Gallery have been donated by generous individuals and organizations. Even the funds for construction of the building have been donated as well.
Among the major collections in the National Art Gallery include the donated works of art by generous donors: Lessing J. Rosenwald, Rush Harrison Kress, Peter Arrell Brown Widener, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Joseph E. Widener, Samuel Henry Kress, Paul Mellon and Chester Dale.
Most of the pieces that you can find the National Art Gallery are paintings, photographs, prints drawings, medals and even sculptures that have been from the Middle Ages up to the present. One of the prized possessions that is displayed in the National Art Gallery is the sole painting of Leonardo Da Vinci in the American region, the Ginevra de’ Benci, 1474. This art piece is among the most sought after considering that it is made by one of the three masters of the High Renaissance.
The National Art Gallery is composed of three sections, the East Building, the West Building and the Sculpture Garden. The East and West building are interconnected by an underground passage which makes it easier for guests to just transfer from one to the other.
The National Art Gallery’s East Building is made up of contemporary and modern art such as those of Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and among many others. Apart from the works of art, the building also holds the offices of the National Gallery of Art such as the (CASVA) or the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. The CSVA is an institution which aids in the use and finding of the cultural meaning of art, architecture, arts, photography, film, and urbanism from the yesteryears and up to the present.
The West Building of the National Art Gallery, on the other hand houses the prime collection of art pieces painted by the European Masters during the medieval period. Among the European Masters include, Leonardo DA Vinci, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Jan Vermeer and Claude Monet. Of course, there are also exquisite works of art by famous American artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Aside from the paintings, the National Art Gallery’s West Building also holds some sculptures from famous sculptors from the different parts of the world.
The Sculpture Garden of the National Art Gallery on the other hand, was an extension to the two existing buildings, which was completed in 1999 after being planned out for over 30 years. It houses the monumental and modern sculptures that represent different cultures and sculpted by famous artists.