Then and Now: Celebrating 60 years of the National Gallery of Art West Building
Exterior Views: A Grand Presence
Interior Views: Changing Perspectives
Visiting the Gallery: Systems and Services
Air Conditioning

East Sculpture Hall, 1941

East Sculpture Hall, 1941; photograph Jack Hyams

East Sculpture Hall, 2001
East Sculpture Hall, 2001

Sculpture Halls
Dramatic sculpture halls extending to the east and west of the central Rotunda establish the monumental core of John Russell Pope's design for the West Building. In 1940 two large marble urns by Clodion were acquired to articulate the dramatic space of the East Sculpture Hall. Sixty years later, the urns, part of the Andrew Mellon Collection, remain in the same location, joined by other sculptures and decorative plants.

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