Monday, November 18, 2013

Art in Washington

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.


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I am dying to get back to DC for an art and garden tour....sans kids.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Love this Kerry. Im due for a gallery run soon!
xo Nancy

home before dark said...

Love the Phillips. Hope to get back to DC and Boston this summer for museum/art overload. Books and art are my two favorite non passport required portals to see the world. Well...maybe I'd add food and wine.

Vel Criste said...

Thanks for the mini-tour Kerry! I so want to see an original Da Vinci, have they truly verified this piece as a 'universally accepted' work yet? It's still lovely though, and would love to see it up close. Thanks for the info on this interesting party! Checking it out now!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Aren't we lucky to have access to such world-class collections in DC? My favorites are the NGA, Phillips, Freer and Sackler (where I used to work), and the Renwick!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Kerry, this is the perfect post for my link party - I am so happy you decided to join me! I love DC and all the amazing art there. My daughter lives in DC and works for an arts non-profit so this was definitely a post after my own heart!!

Have a lovely day! xoxo

ArchitectDesign™ said...

yes we are so lucky here! And don't forget the National Portrait Gallery; one of my favorites!

therelishedroost said...

Beautiful images here... I love the Reader, it brings back memories of when I was young and saw that for the first time!

Mocadeaux said...

The Smithsonian Institution is such a treasure. My daughter lived in DC for 10 years. While she was in college she and her friends would take study breaks and run over to one of the museums, taking advantage of the free admission. I loved visiting her and enjoying the wealth of opportunities to enjoy beautiful art.
Visiting from the No Passport Required link party.

An Urban Cottage said...

I think I'd be content to spend a few weeks there soaking it all up.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I haven't been to the Nat'l Gallery in so long. Need to go back.