Facebook tells me that I posted pictures of my visit to the National Gallery of Art today six years ago. 2009 was a difficult year, but that visit to DC for July 4th was a bright spot.
Anyway, reviewing some of the photos reminds me of just what a treasure the NGA is. Here are some of my favorites:
- Pieter Pannemaker I, The Crucifixion c.1520.
- Anon., often attr to Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun , Marie-Antoinette
- The famous Napoleon in his Study by David
- Hubert Robert (French), The Ponte Salario c. 1775. I find this kind of landscape painting endlessly fascinating.
- St. George and the Dragon, English 1370-1420
- Van Dyck, Marchesa Balbi, c. 1623. Extraordinary
- Good old Hieronymus Bosch, Death and the Miser, c.1485/1490. Note that he seems to have been a knight. Perhaps a multi-layered commentary not simply on the deadly sin of greed, but also un-knightly behavior?
- Saint-Gaudins, memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th, 1900
- Cropsey, The Spirit of War, 1851. I want to know more about this painting.
- Winslow Homer, Breezing Up, 1873-1876, one of my all-time favorite paintings.