I am linking up over on You May be Wandering today for the "No passports required" link up
When you think of art, New York and Paris may come to mind first but don't forget about our nation's capitol.
I grew just outside of Washington D.C. with a an art teacher for a grandmother and you can bet the many art museums in the city were a regular favorite.
Did you know that The National Gallery of Art is home to the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci on this side if the Atlantic.
|Ginevra de' Benci|
The National gallery is home to many other familiar works.
|Jean Honore Fragonard "Young Girl Reading:|
|Edouard Manet "The Railway"|
|Claude Monet "The Japanese Footbridge"|
Its a short subway ride to The National Portrait Gallery is not to be missed.
The gallery houses many iconic portraits as well as contemporary collections and some chosen to illustrate themes in American history.
The oft forgotten Phillips Collection is nearby too.
Highlights include the Rothko room and Renoir's "Luncheon of the boating party"
|Renoir-"Luncheon of the boating party"|
That is just a sample of the large public art museums in Washington, most of which are free to visit. Try to find that in New York or Paris.
Below is a more comprehensive list of art museums, some of which are part of the Smithsonian Institution,
which many people think is one museum but is a group of many in the city.
Speaking of art, I will be giving away one of my original painting this week so stop by tomorrow for details.