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“Truly Remarkable” 5 of 5 stars
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National Gallery of Art
West Building, Constitution Avenue and 6th Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20002 (National Mall)
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Owner description: One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other exhibits modern art.
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“Truly Remarkable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I've lived in DC off and on, and I've been to the National Gallery many times. But, perhaps because I hadn't given the permanent collection a good viewing for almost five years, I did so today.

For people who don't know or for those (such as myself) who have taken this gem for granted, I wanted to write this fresh tribute inspired by my visit today.

The National Gallery has had the great good fortune to receive unusually significant bequests from some of the largest art legacies in our nation's past. Just two to mention are the Kress Collection and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. There are several others.

Art lovers are the fortunate beneficiaries of these stunning and unprecedented gifts to this museum.

Let me note some of the unique treasures here: the only painting by Leonardo in the US (and it's spectacular), a couple of the finest Raphaels, several Giorgiones, virtually a room of Tintorettos, some extraordinary Botticellis, four or five Vermeers, an amazing array of Rembrandts, a fine collection of superb Impressionist pieces, and, of course, extraordinary American art, especially around the Founding and during the Expansion.

Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. You will see great art from all the major periods and outstanding work from most of the great artists. I'm just making the point that this museum has unique treasures, and I've tried to illustrate a few ways in which it is truly remarkable.

Pay careful attention. Plan in advance. And identify and appreciate the rarities that make this such a special place.

Visited September 2013
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“Always the best in art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Shows both old and new--first collection of furniture and decorative arts, set off the colonial portraits in a new way. And Ellsworth Kelly is always a treat.

Visited September 2013
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“Boring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Not really an art fan but thought it would be better, seemed to be wandering with no real purpose as had to go in & out of rooms to see displays.

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“A Wonderful Museum - Don't Miss It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

An incredible and varied collection of artwork, from old Master to Impressionism to modern masterpieces, from paintings and sculpture to prints and decorative arts. The permanent collection is a treasure trove of art history throughout the ages, and the special exhibits and installations are ever-changing and wonderful. Best of all - as a part of the Smithsonian, it's all free! Don't miss it.

Visited June 2013
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“Skip the early Italian stuff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

If you have lots of time to look, by all means take your time & look at all the art. However I've been to Italy & seen enough madonnas. To avoid fatigue I'd skip to the later European art- cezanne, Renoir, & Van Gogh. Beautiful museum.

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