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In Depth

The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. To that end, our curators, visiting scholars, conservators, and educators are constantly researching the permanent collection and related art historical topics. Whether a narrative exploration of a particular subject, a detailed examination of a particular object, or a broad survey of an artistic period, these studies help shape our understanding of the ever-expanding collection. 

The products of these projects take many forms, including publications and exhibitions. Some will be presented online, here at In Depth, and linked to relevant art object pages, collection pages, and resources in Mercury, the NGA Library's online catalog.

We invite you to explore the rich contents of this collection, to synthesize new ideas, and to join in the conversation.

Thematic Study


Madonna and Child
Gretchen Hirschauer,
Italian Paintings

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Provenance Study


The Princely Collections of Lichtenstein
Nancy H. Yeide,
Curatorial Records and Files

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