Paintings and Sculpture Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1945-1951
March 18 – October 31, 1951
Main Floor, Galleries 60 - 67, 71, East Garden Court, Lobby C

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: A presentation of 116 paintings, 18 works of sculpture, and 1,306 small bronzes, purchased from various sources by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation from 1945 to 1951, was placed on view for the first time. The occasion marked the 10th anniversary of the National Gallery. The works of art were loaned to the Gallery with the expectation that the greater part would eventually become its permanent property. Included were 15th- and 16th-century northern paintings; Italian paintings and sculpture of the Renaissance, baroque, and rococo periods; French paintings and sculpture of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries; and the celebrated collection of medals, coins, and small bronzes assembled by the French connoisseur, Gustave Dreyfus. The special night opening on March 17, 1951, from 9 p.m. until midnight, was attended by 24,350 guests; 16,350 visitors came the following day.

Catalog: Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1945-1951, by William E. Suida. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1951.
Renaissance Bronzes from the Kress Collection, by Perry B. Cott. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1951.

Image: Giuseppe Angeli, Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire, c. 1740/1755, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.5.70

Audio and Video

Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, VI: Presenting the Kress Collection: Restoration and Framing
Audio, Released: August 2, 2016, (30:32 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, V: History Revealed: The Kress Collection of Historic Images
Video, Released: July 26, 2016, (30:32 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, V: History Revealed: The Kress Collection of Historic Images
Audio, Released: July 19, 2016, (30:32 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, IV: Princes, Dukes, and Counts: Provenance and Pedigrees in the Kress Collection
Audio, Released: July 12, 2016, (30:32 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, IV: Princes, Dukes, and Counts: Provenance and Pedigrees in the Kress Collection
Video, Released: July 12, 2016, (30:32 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, III: The Leveraged Gift: The Making of the David and Alfred Smart Museum at the University of Chicago
Audio, Released: July 5, 2016, (16:04 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, II: The Kress Collection at the Seattle Art Museum
Video, Released: July 5, 2016, (16:04 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, II: The Kress Collection at the Seattle Art Museum
Audio, Released: July 5, 2016, (16:04 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, III: The Leveraged Gift: The Making of the David and Alfred Smart Museum at the University of Chicago
Video, Released: July 5, 2016, (16:04 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, I: A Platinum Jubilee: The Gallery and The Kress @ 75
Video, Released: June 28, 2016, (16:04 minutes)
Celebrating a Milestone: 75 Years of the National Gallery of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, I: A Platinum Jubilee: The Gallery and The Kress @ 75
Audio, Released: June 28, 2016, (16:04 minutes)