National Gallery of Art: Washington by John WalkerThis is a mean-spirited book. Ive been reading the commentary, but have given it up and now just look at the pictures (which are excellent reproductions). Mr Walker seems to focus on the the sharp dealings TNG has done to acquire masterpieces, especially regarding the Rubens, but others as well. His critique of the presented works reflects the prejudices of his time (or perhaps his own, but if so, he was a short-sighted individual), and there is no allowance for context or a nod to the development of art across the eras, much less a recognition of the influences felt by artists from different global regions. In short, Mr Walker is an art snob and rather tedious to read due to this superior attitude.
There is no comparison between this and Gombrichs The Story of Art, an outstanding, educational overview of art.
It is a convenient way to view TNG collection, so I gave it 3 stars.
Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
National Gallery of Art
Masterworks by the most renowned European and American artists, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the 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 trace 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. Mellon in 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.
Text description provided by the architects. What would eventually become known as the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, the initial portion of the museum was financed by art collector Andrew Mellon. Architect John Russel Pope was hired to design the museum in the late s, with the intentions of leaving space for future additions. Mellon's son Paul had the responsibility of choosing the architect for the expanse years later, so he turned to one of the most forward-thinking architects of the twentieth century, I. The two most prominent aspects of the project that made the design challenging for I. Pei were the buildings form and function, as the small trapezoidal plot that was reserved for the building created a difficult site to design on.
National Gallery of Art. Opened in as an art gallery "for the nation", Washington D. West Building. A resolution of Congress in established the idea of an art gallery where the people of the U. Started with a collection of works of European art donated by Andrew W.
Victoria Stapley-Brown. For the first time since it opened in , a woman will lead the National Gallery of Art NGA in Washington—the second-most attended art museum in the US—with the appointment of Kaywin Feldman as its next director, announced today 11 December. The NGA comprises not only 12 curatorial and conservation departments and an annual programme of 20 to 25 exhibitions, but also the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts CASVA , a major art historical research library and an active publication department. According to an article published in the Washington Post in August, 8. The museum has declined to comment on the article. With the challenges facing her in her new job, what is Feldman most concerned about at this moment? For more information, contact info theartnewspaper.
Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction. Widener , and Chester Dale. 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, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder. 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. Pei , and the 6.