NGA Online Editions

Available for the first time on the National Gallery of Art website, NGA Online Editions (œ) presents the most current, in-depth information on the Gallery’s collections by the world’s leading art historians along with rich capabilities for exploring that information. A customized reading environment and toolkit for managing text and images are intended both to provide scholars with a useful workspace for research and to encourage the study and appreciation of art.

NGA Online Editions launches with Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century by Gallery curator Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and will ultimately document more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts in the nation's collection. Editions include an introduction by the curator, illustrated scholarly entries (each preceded by a short overview), artists' biographies, technical summaries, and a complement of rich media, educational materials, and appendices related to the featured collection. Formerly known as The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue (a printed series of authoritative volumes on the Gallery’s permanent collections), NGA Online Editions puts this same detailed information—and more—at the fingertips of students, scholars, and anyone eager to learn more about the treasures of the National Gallery of Art.

Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century was generously funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), a pilot program that brought together nine museums to create new models for the presentation of scholarly collection catalogs in an online format. We are proud to participate in this new paradigm for art historical research and education.


  • Peer-Reviewed Content: entries reviewed by leading scholars in their fields to ensure that NGA Online Editions provides the solid, authoritative information for which the National Gallery of Art collection catalogs are celebrated
  • Reader Mode: adjustable columns allow users to configure and reconfigure the reading environment for each scholarly entry, with enhanced access to primary and comparative images, technical images, and notes
  • Compare and Explore Images: view primary and comparative images side-by-side; explore technical images using overlay and cross-fading techniques
  • Enhanced Search: indexed terms and concepts drawn from entries, biographies, and essays allow for enhanced research possibilities
  • Citations: cite the text using preformatted citations with assurances that a permanent URL will always return the user to the information cited
  • Print/Export: print or download an entry, a biography, or an entire edition for later use
  • Favorites: save images and entries in user-managed lists for later recall or export
  • Archived Versions: consult, search, or print in whole or part the current or earlier versions of each edition