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Friday, April 14, 2006

National Gallery of Art

This article is about the National Gallery of the United States, for other National Galleries, see National Gallery The National Gallery of Art is an art museum owned and managed by the government of the United States. It comprises two buildings, the East Building and the West Building, linked by an underground passage and both located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The NGA is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, though it is governed under a separate charter. The NGA was created by United States Congress in 1937, with funds for construction and a substantial art collection donated by Andrew W. Mellon. Samuel H. Kress contributed the museums original collection of Italy art. The original museum building, now known as the West Building, opened on March 17, 1941. Its design by architect John Russell Pope is neo-classical, with a gigantic columned portico and a massive dome reminiscent of the Pantheon, Rome (as is Popes other notable Washington creation, the Jefferson Memorial), except for the West Buildings symmetrically attached, extended wings. The design of the East Building by noted architect I.M. Pei is also geometrical, but acrobat downloadfragmented or faceted by comparison to the West Buildings cool classicism, from above, it appears as if made of interlocking diamonds. The East Building opened in 1978. The NGA also opened an adjacent sculpture garden in 1999. As a federally-owned museum, entry to both buildings of the National Gallery is free of charge. The West Building has an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by European masters from the medieval period through the late 19th century, as well as pre-20th century works by American artists. Highlights of the collection include many paintings by Jan Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci within the United States. The East Building focuses on modern art and contemporary art, with a collection including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Alexander Calder. The blytheh7twEast Building also contains the main offices of the NGA and a large research facility. satellite image of adobe acrobat reader free downloadthe West and East Buildings of the National Gallery of Art, taken April braddockl58126, 2002. Please acrobat distillernote that acrobat reader downloadthe acrobat reader free downloadperspective has free adobe acrobatbeen distorted due to the imaging process.


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