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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the National Gallery of Art’s new website.

New technologies play an important role in the National Gallery of Art's efforts to fulfill its mission to serve the United States of America by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible professional and scholarly standards.

The Internet enables us to reach millions of people throughout the world. Whether you are a student or teacher, doing advanced research or simply browsing, we hope that this website will enrich your enjoyment and understanding of art.

We have given the Gallery’s Collection Highlights increased visibility. New critical appraisals of these important objects tell the story behind their creation. You can help us further develop what you see here by sending your feedback.

I hope you will visit the National Gallery of Art the next time you are in Washington, DC, because there is no substitute for experiencing great masterpieces in person.

Earl A. Powell III
National Gallery of Art