America’s National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper et al.
Seventy-five years ago, on the brink of World War II, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC. Founded by Andrew W. Mellon and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the nation, the museum housed Mellon’s stunning art collection in the beautiful neoclassical structure designed by John Russell Pope. Since that time, the Gallery’s singular status as the nation’s art museum has continued to attract generous donors who have added tens of thousands of magnificent works of art and whose generosity has made possible such expansions as I. M. Pei’s East Building in 1978, the Sculpture Garden in 1999, and, most recently, new tower galleries and a rooftop sculpture terrace in the East Building. In celebration of the momentous anniversary of a beloved cultural institution, this volume tells its history in lively prose and a lush, cinematic sequence of images.
408 pages with gatefold | 730 illustrations | 10.25 x 11.75 inches