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National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.: 84 reviews and 236 photos

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Sculpture halls covered by transparent glass semi-cylindrical ceiling extend to the east and west of the central Rotunda and form the monumental core of John Russell Pope's design for the West Building of National Museum of Art.

The longitudinal halls of dark marble floor and white, light walls contain various sculptures and decorative plants as well as stone benches put along side walls. There are two large marble urns by Clodion put along central axis of the East Sculpture Hall. They, part of the Andrew Mellon Collection, were acquired in 1940.

Clodion, also known as Claude Michel (1738 - 1814) was a French sculptor.

Andrew William Mellon (1855 - 1937) was an American philanthropist, art collector, banker, industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury in 1921 - 1932. In 1937, he donated his art collection, plus $10 million, to build the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.



Address: Constitution Ave. & 6th St., Washington, DC
Directions: Metro station: Archives. On southern part of the National Mall, opposite to National Air and Space Museum and west of U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
othercontact: curatorial-records@nga.gov
Phone: +1 (202) 737 4215
Website: http://www.nga.gov

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2006
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