Frequently Asked Questions:
Art Information

The National Gallery of Art offers assistance and information to visitors, answering a range of questions about the permanent collections, special exhibitions, Gallery programs, and activities.

If you have a question, please read through the list of commonly asked questions. If your question is not addressed by the list, please e-mail it to us by clicking on "I still have a question." We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

1. Where can I find biographical information on a particular artist?

If the artist is represented in the Gallery's permanent collection, click on "search" on the home page and follow the prompts.

If the artist is not represented in the Gallery's permanent collection, try the following sites:

artarchives.si.edu
www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/ulan/index.html

You can also visit the reference section of your local library and research the following:

U. Thieme - F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler
K. G. Saur, Allgemeines K├╝nstlerlexikon
E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs
Peter H. Falk, Who Was Who In American Art, 1564-1975

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2. How do I determine the monetary value of a work of art I own?

The National Gallery of Art does not provide monetary information on any work of art.

It may be possible, however, to find information online by using a web search engine and including some of the following terms:

art price
fine art auction
auction
auction results
art appraisal
art market
art price comparison

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3. How can I sell an artwork to the Gallery?

Sale to the National Gallery of Art:
The Gallery only collects American and European paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs dating from the Renaissance to the present day.

Send a letter with high quality photographs, the selling price, and the items' provenance to:

Curator
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785

Sale to third parties:
You can use a search engine to look-up the following search terms:

online auctions
auction houses
fine art auctions
fine art sales

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4. How can I make a gift to the Gallery?

Information about making a gift to the Gallery, including gifts of art, may be found in "Support Us."

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5. Where can I find assistance with authentication?

Consult the following website for a host of excellent ideas:

    americanart.si.edu/research/tools/art/

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6. Where can I find answers to questions about conservation and/or restoration?

Consult the following website for a host of excellent ideas:

americanart.si.edu/research/tools/art/care/

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7. Where can I purchase reproductions?

To purchase works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art:

Using the Gallery's website navigation links, click on "Gallery Shops" to browse items for sale. If you wish to phone in your order, you can call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; if you wish to fax in your order, please fax to (202) 789-3047. You can also purchase reproduction posters from other online sources.

Using a search engine, type in any of the following search terms:

posters
fine art reproductions

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8. Where can I get information on non-Western art?

The National Gallery of Art does not collect non-Western art. For assistance, contact Asian and/or African art museums in your locality.

In Washington, DC, the museum of Asian art is the Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution.

www.asia.si.edu

The DC-area museum of African art the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution.

www.nmafa.si.edu

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9. How may I acquire visual images of artworks in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art?

Visit NGA Images to download publication-quality images of works in the Gallery's collection. More than 37,000 open-access digital images of up to 3,000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. Please inquire about collection images not available for immediate download by using the NGA Images Contact Form.

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10. Where can I learn about special exhibitions?

At the National Gallery of Art:

For current exhibitions, simply click on the "Exhibitions" link. For upcoming exhibitions, click on the "Upcoming Exhibitions" link from within the exhibitions page. For past exhibitions, click on the "Past Exhibitions" link on the same page.

For exhibitions elsewhere:

Using a search engine, type in the following search terms:

museum exhibitions

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11. How do I borrow free educational programs from the National Gallery of Art?

Visit: Learning Resources

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12. Where can I get information about an object in the National Gallery of Art collection?

The entire National Gallery of Art collection is available for searching on our site. Hover over "Collection" from the menu at the top of any web page, then click on "Search the Collection" from the drop-down menu.

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13. Where can I find information about a painting or print I own or have seen that is labeled as being in the National Gallery of Art collection?

Since it opened to the public in 1941, the Gallery has made available paper reproductions of works in the collection, has published reproductions of its collections in many different types of books, and has had a copyist program that allows people to copy our paintings on their own canvases by working in front of the original painting on easels that we provide. It is, therefore, not unusual to come across a paper reproduction, a painting after a reproduction someone has seen in a book, or a painting someone has made as part of our copyist program. Please hover over "Collection" from the menu at the top of any page on website then click on "Search the Collection" from the drop down menu to find out more information about the original work of art that has been reproduced.

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14. How can I find out whether a particular work of art is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art?

Hover over "Collection" in the top navigation of every web page, then drop down and select "Search the Collection." Search by artist name, title, key word, or other search term. The search results for a particular object will state if that object is "On View" or "Not on View." If it is "On View," click on the link to see a map of where in the Gallery the work of art may be found. Check back frequently as our installations do change.

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15. Where can I find out who holds the copyright of the work of a particular artist?

Information can be found online to help answer your questions on copyright for specific artists.

Using a search engine, type in the following search terms:

artist copyright
copyright of artwork

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16. How can I learn more about the Gallery's ongoing renovation project?

From the navigation on the top of every web page, select "Visit," then click on "Renovation Information" from the sidebar for up-to-date information.

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17. Where is information on "linking" sites?

Click on the "Notices" link found on the bottom of most pages. Then, click on the "Linking to Our Site" link.

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18. I would like to use images from your website. How do I secure permission?

Visit NGA Images for access to images in the colleciton and for more information on Open Access at the National Gallery of Art.

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19. I would like to use text from your website. How do I secure permission?

To get permission to use text from the NGA website, please complete a Web Feedback form, providing the following information:

  • the URL(s) from the NGA site where the text you wish to use can be found
  • an explanation of how you will be using this text (e.g., school paper, newsletter, website entry, etc.).

Based on the parameters in which you would like to use the NGA web material, your request can be answered by the appropriate department.

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20. I would like to use a screen shot from your website. How do I secure permission?

To obtain permission to use a screen shot from the NGA website, please complete a Web Feedback form, providing the following information:

  • the URL(s) from the NGA site of the page you would like to use
  • an explanation of how you will be using this screen shot (e.g., school paper, newsletter, website entry, etc.).

Based on your proposed use of NGA web material, we will forward your request to the appropriate department for a reply.

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If you have a question pertaining to one of the topics below, please click on the specific link to see our listings of frequently asked questions. If you have a question or comment on other topics, please see our Contact Us page for an appropriate e-mail address or phone number. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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