Get up close and personal with some of the National Gallery of Art’s most prized collections — and uncover some hidden gems along the way — on this comprehensive 3-hour art tour.
The National Gallery of Art opened its doors in 1941 as a museum devoted to the people of the United States. Its founder, financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon, believed the nation deserved a collection that was open and free to the public — one that could hold its own with the greatest art collections in the world.
Follow an art historian guide through the NGA’s West Building, looking at some of the earliest masterworks in the 13th- and 14th-century Italian galleries. Then explore everything from Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th century to American and British paintings of the 19th century.
See world-famous works by Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Jan Van Eyck, Johannes Vermeer, JMW Turner and many others. And spend time admiring Leonardo da Vinci’s only portrait in America, an oil-on-wood painting of the 15th-century Florentine aristocrat Ginevra de’ Benci.
Develop active “looking” skills and learn to think like an artist. Learn about the development of major genres of western art like portraiture, still-life and landscapes, and discuss national art schools like London’s Royal Academy, Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York’s National Academy of Design.