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National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.: 84 reviews and 236 photos
The National Gallery of Art houses an impressive collection of world art, who can say no to paintings made by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet etc?
It opened in 1937, 4 years after Andrew W. Mellon donated his collection upon his death. The building is typical in The Mall in neoclassical style(pic 1) with ionic colums in front and some nice hallways (pic 2) while there are some nice halls and open spaces with fountains (pic 3) that will help to empty your thoughts for a while before you get overdosed by art :)
The museum isn?t small but as I get tired staying more than 3 hours in any museum I preferred to see specific sections and enjoy it more this way.
So, I skipped the medieval section and spent only a little time for Renaissance works but it is an interesting collection including Raphael, Botticelli even a portrait made by Leonardo da Vinci! Of course, the Impressionist gallery will cut your breath too with several top class paintings.
What I loved was those paintings from 15th and 16th century. My favorite ones are in the dutch sectione(you can see the first 2 at pics 4&5):
?Daniel in the Lions? Den? oil on canvas 1616 by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish 1577-1640)
?Still Life with Swan and Game before a Country Estate? oil on canvas 1685 by Jan Weenix (Dutch, 1642-1719)
?The Dancing Couple? oil on canvas 1663 by Jan Steen (Dutch, 1626-1679)
?The Fall of Man? oil on canvas 1616 by Hendrik Goltziousn (Dutch, 1558-1617)
?Silvio with the Wounded Dorinda? oil on canvas 1651 by Louis Vallee (Dutch, 1653)
The museum isn?t part of the Smithsonian Institute but it?s for free too. It is open daily 10.00-17.30
Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,
Directions: near the east side of The Mall.
Phone: (202) 737-4215
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