National Gallery of Art

Sally Mann’s black and white photographs represent a 40-year quest to document the American South, the people who call it home, and the unending battle between life, death, and decay. Consider, for example, Hephaestus, Mann’s 2008 portrait of her husband, Larry, who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Larry’s exposed torso is partially eaten by the chemical reactions caused by

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. announced last week its acquisition of one of the most important photographic works of the American Civil War and the nineteenth century: Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1866). Gardner, who ran Mathew Brady’s D.C.

Washington, DC — When photography was introduced to the world in 1839, society and culture were poised to undergo profound change. In the 180 years since the French invention of the daguerreotype and the rival British photogenic drawing, the medium has undoubtedly created new ways of seeing, experiencing, and understanding the world.

As we countdown to the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing this July, several libraries and museums are setting their sights on lunar topics.

Washington, DC—A rare early portrait by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), a self-portrait by Jan Miense Molenaer (1610-1668), a groundbreaking work by Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), and a remarkable photograph of Alice and Lorina Liddell by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known as Lewis Carroll, are among the works recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. 

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WASHINGTON, DC—On July 1, 2015, David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, will become a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, while Victoria Sant will become trustee emerita after 15 years of service on the board, 12 of them also as Gallery president. Rubenstein was appointed for a term of ten years.

“On behalf of

Washington, DC—One of the most beloved paintings in the Gallery’s permanent collection, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the viewer. Using groundbreaking imaging techniques and new

Washington, DC—Featuring 125 working proofs and prints produced at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, Yes, No, Maybe goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of carefully considered decisions.

Among the 25 artists

Washington, DC—A spectacular selection of northern mannerist prints from the Kainen Collection will be showcased at the National Gallery of Art this fall. Extravagant Bodies: Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection will be on view in the West Building’s Ground Floor galleries from September 1, 2013, to January 5, 2014. In 2012, the Gallery received 781 works

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, Norway’s most famed painter and printmaker, with an exhibition of more than 20 renowned works from the Gallery’s collection. On view from May 19 through July 28, 2013, on the Ground Floor of the West Building, Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute includes Geschrei (