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The National Gallery of Art's collection of 20th-century art on view includes paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by American artists. 

20th-Century American Art

Among the collections of the National Gallery of Art are outstanding paintings and sculpture by 20th-century European artists Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Moore. 

20th-Century European Art

This DVD and viewer's guide focuses on seven American artists of the nineteenth century, including John James Audubon, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, John F. Peto, and James McNeill Whistler.

American Art 1785–1926

This DVD explores location footage made in conjunction with special exhibitions on art and cultures of ancient Egypt and Greece.

Egyptian & Greek Art

This DVD explores the art and cultures of China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Japan.

Art from Asia

Among outstanding European paintings at the National Gallery of Art are Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci and masterworks by Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Johannes Vermeer, and Anthony van Dyck. 

European Art

The final decades of the 19th century witnessed the development of new art forms and styles as a reaction to the academic traditions that have prevailed for over a century.

19th-Century European Art

This DVD features behind-the-scenes experiences filmed in studios, laboratories, and museum galleries. 

Making Art

This DVD includes two programs, on the ancient Olmec and Maya, including live footage of major sites in Mesoamerica. 

New World Archaeology

This DVD provides detailed views about the National Gallery of Art and its history, development, and construction; founder Andrew W. Mellon; and architects John Russell Pope and I. M. Pei.

About the NGA

This film traces in detail the creation of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, from idea to completion by architects I. M. Pei and Partners with participation from various contemporary artists.

A Place To Be

All About Prints invites novices and experienced collectors alike to explore the art of printmaking from the perspective of influential curators, collectors, dealers, artists, and printers.

All About Prints

Giuseppe Arcimboldo's imaginative combinations of fruits, vegetables, and flowers create allegorical portraits and witty caricatures.


Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music celebrates one of the most dazzling cultural enterprises of the 20th century. 

Diaghilev & Ballets Russes

Used by artists since the Middle Ages, metalpoint involves inserting gold or silver wire into a stylus to make drawings on paper prepared with an abrasive coating.

Drawing in Silver & Gold

Edward Hopper, one of America's most admired artists, captured the shared realities of American life with poignancy and enigmatic beauty. 

Edward Hopper

Narrated by Adrien Brody, El Greco, An Artist's Odyssey was made in conjunction with the exhibition El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

El Greco

Through interweaving monologues and Civil War–era music, this dramatic interpretation honors the rich stories of the people and events remembered in Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial.

Forward, 54th!

Chester Dale assembled one of the finest art collections in America during the early 20th century that was later gifted to the National Gallery of Art.

Chester Dale Collection

More than 100 works by Paul Gauguin—including many of his most sumptuous, appealing colorful images—appear in Gauguin: Maker of Myth.

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

George Bellows depicted America on the move. In a 20-year career cut short by his untimely death at age 42, he painted the rapidly growing city of New York. 

George Bellows

Virginia Dwan organized groundbreaking exhibitions of movements as diverse as abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptualism, and land art.

Dwan Gallery

Celebrated as one of the greatest modern artists, Joan Miró developed a visual language that reflected his vision and energy in a variety of styles across many media.

Miró: Ladder of Escape

This film explores art and culture around the Bay of Naples before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE.

Pompeii & the Roman Villa

The DVD includes the film Seeing Color, plus additional background information about the artists featured, pigments, optics, and more.

Seeing Color

Narrated by John Lithgow, this film surveys Davis's career and his exuberant, colorful compositions that echo the dynamism of the American scene and the rhythms of jazz, the artist’s lifelong passion.

Stuart Davis

These two documentaries examine Tintoretto’s career, with original footage of his works in the churches and palaces of Venice. 


One of the greatest landscape painters of all times, Joseph Mallord William Turner rendered the subtle effects of light and atmosphere in revolutionary ways.

J. M. W. Turner