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Release Date: December 20, 2000

National Gallery of Art Videodisc of European Art Available for Loan Free of Charge

Washington, DC–The department of education resources at the National Gallery of Art has produced a new videodisc on the Gallery's European collection. European Art from the National Gallery of Art offers a comprehensive view of the Gallery's entire collection of European art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, watercolors, prints, and decorative arts. The videodisc also includes a 30-minute introduction narrated by Gallery director Earl A. Powell III. The program presents art from the fourteenth through the twentieth centuries highlighting works by such renowned artists as Rembrandt, Corot, Manet, Monet, Degas, and Cézanne.

European Art from the National Gallery of Art, funded in part by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation, is available on loan for nine months free of charge to educational institutions, community groups, and individuals throughout the United States. This release complements the Gallery's recently produced videodisc, American Art from the National Gallery of Art, also available on loan.

"In addition to the Gallery's Web site and extension loan programs, this comprehensive, user-friendly, educational videodisc is another way that the Gallery's collection is made accessible to audiences nationwide, no matter how far away from the Gallery they may live," said Powell.

The still-frame archive for the European Art videodisc contains more than 2800 full images of individual works, each accompanied by identifying caption information and numerous details. The videodisc is designed to accommodate a variety of interests and teaching techniques and is flexibile enough to allow audiences to move rapidly among widely separated images on the disc in order to create sequences of works that address their particular needs.

For information on how to borrow these videodiscs or other educational materials, see the loan programs catalogue online or to receive a free catalogue by mail write to:

National Gallery of Art
Department of Education Resources
Education Division
4th Street at Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20565

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The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. With the exception of the atrium and library, the galleries in the East Building will remain closed until late fall 2016 for Master Facilities Plan and renovations. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
 
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phone: (202) 842-6353
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Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications – Converged Media
(202) 842-6804
a-guthrie@nga.gov

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