Many donors have bequeathed their finest paintings and sculptures to this museum. The west wing, inaugurated in 1941 by President Roosevelt, presents works dating up to the 19th century. There are wonders of Italian, Flemish, and French art, in particular four Vermeers, plus masterworks by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Goya, and Fragonard. The Impressionists are in galleries 80 to 93.
The east wing, connected to the west wing by an underground hall, was designed by architect Ieoh Ming Pei (of Louvre Pyramid fame). Opened in 1978, the east wing houses modern and contemporary works, including a Calder mobile in the atrium, and, upstairs, paintings by Matisse, Kandinsky, Mondrian, and many others.
Free jazz concerts are held in the small sculpture garden every Friday night during the warmer months.
National Gallery of Art
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Washington DC 20565
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