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The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent

The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, with more than 200 judiciously chosen works of art, includes manuscripts (with examples of Süleyman’s own poetry) as well as jeweled vessels, silks, painted ceramics, and other sumptuous objects created in the imperial studios under the guidelines established by the sultan.

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The Age of the Baroque in Portugal

This catalog introduces audiences to the 18th century in Portugal, a remarkable period for both history and the history of art, with patrons encouraging a diversity of styles among the works they purchased and commissioned.

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American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection

Aside from being one of the largest and most refined collections of early American furniture in private hands, the works included here from the collection of George and Linda Kaufman exemplify American craftsmanship at its highest quality and offer vivid lessons in the evolution of national and regional tastes during this highly productive period of our nation’s development.

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An American Sampler: Folk Art from the Shelburne Museum

This catalog marked the 40th anniversary of the Shelburne Museum, founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb with her collection of American folk art.

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Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art

Published to coincide with an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of William A. Clark’s bequest to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, this catalog has entries demonstrating the wide range of Clark’s collection.

The Art of the Pacific Islands.pdf

The Art of the Pacific Islands

This catalog includes many works that had never before been published and demonstrates the diversity of cultures and art styles in the Pacific Islands.


Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration

Circa 1492 assesses the meeting of the worlds that took place at the end of the 15th century from the lasting perspective of art and cultural achievement.


Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings, Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets

The second volume to catalog the Gallery’s decorative arts collections primarily focuses on Chinese ceramics, but also includes Persian and Indian rugs and carpets, two 19th-century Chinese paintings, and a 17th-century coromandel screen.


Drawing on America’s Past: Folk Art, Modernism, and the Index of American Design

This publication celebrated the 60th anniversary in 2002 of the acquisition by the National Gallery of Art of the Index of American Design, a collection of more than 18,000 watercolor renderings of American folk, popular, and decorative art.


Edo: Art in Japan, 1615–1868

This catalog, accompanying the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States on the topic, examines one of the richest periods in the history of Japanese art, a time when political stability enabled a vibrant popular culture to develop.

The Eye of Thomas Jefferson.pdf

The Eye of Thomas Jefferson

This catalog, which marked the bicentennial of our nation’s founding in 1776, takes as its focus the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and provides an aesthetic biography of this Founding Father and his commitment to the arts and intellectual life of his time.

The Far North: 2000 Years of American Eskimo and Indian Art.pdf

The Far North: 2,000 Years of American Eskimo and Indian Art

This catalog presents a panoramic selection of art from the native cultures of America’s far north and celebrates the artistic heritage shared by the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean Eskimos and Alaska’s Indians.


The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People’s Republic of China

The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology examines the archaeological findings from the second half of the 20th century and how they have revised and informed our understanding of Chinese history and culture.


Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture, 1185–1868

Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture explores the artistic legacy of daimyo, feudal lords and leaders of powerful warrior bands in medieval and early modern Japan.


The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt

The Quest for Immortality combines aesthetically fine examples of Egyptian art with a fascinating glimpse into what the ancient Egyptians believed would occur in the world to which they journeyed after death.

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Sweden: A Royal Treasury, 1550–1700

Sweden: A Royal Treasury includes more than 100 precious objects that illustrate the splendor that surrounded the monarchy from 1550 to 1700 and provide insights into the political and cultural history of Sweden.


The Treasure Houses of Britain: Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting

Bringing together works from British country houses, this catalog shows in a broadly chronological way how these private collections were formed and demonstrates the country house’s role as a vessel of civilization.


Western Decorative Arts, Part I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Historicizing Styles Including Metalwork, Enamels, and Ceramics

This volume, part of the project to publish the entire collection of the National Gallery of Art, includes medieval metalwork, stained glass, French Renaissance enamels, European ceramics, jewels in the Renaissance style, and a few other late medieval and Renaissance decorative arts of diverse types and materials.