20th-Century American Art
The East Building of the National Gallery of Art is a constantly changing mosaic where the expanding collection of twentieth-century art on view includes paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by American artists. This DVD includes 5 separate programs, each between 12 and 30 minutes in length.
Covering a range of topics from ancient art to the twentieth century and studies of individual artists, DVDs bring art to your classroom or learning setting. Borrow for free, or preview select titles online. All are closed-captioned.
20th-Century American Art
20th-Century European Art
Among the collections of the National Gallery of Art are outstanding paintings and sculpture by twentieth-century European artists Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso, and Moore. This DVD includes 5 separate programs, each between 7 and 30 minutes in length.
American Art, 1785–1926: Seven Artist Profiles
This DVD and viewer's guide focuses on seven American artists of the nineteenth century, including Audubon, Chase, Church, Homer, Moran, Peto, and Whistler. This DVD includes 7 separate programs, each between 19 and 29 minutes in length.
Ancient Egyptian and Greek Art
This DVD explores location footage made in conjunction with special exhibitions on art and cultures of ancient Egypt and Greece. This DVD includes 4 separate programs, each between 12 and 29 minutes in length.
Art from Asia
This DVD made in conjunction with special exhibitions on the art and cultures of China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Japan explores their architecture, landscaping, archaeology, music, poetry, storytelling, and sculpture. This DVD includes 4 separate programs, each between 18 and 28 minutes in length.
Among outstanding European paintings at the National Gallery of Art are Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci and masterworks by Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Vermeer, and Van Dyck. This DVD includes 6 separate programs, each between 18 and 57 minutes in length.
Late Nineteenth-Century European Art
The final decades of the nineteenth century witnessed the development of new art forms and styles as a reaction to the academic traditions that have prevailed for over a century. This DVD includes 4 separate programs, each between 30 and 45 minutes in length.
This DVD features behind-the-scenes experiences filmed in studios, laboratories, and museum galleries. It introduces art elements, demonstrates artistic techniques, and addresses conservation issues. This DVD includes 6 separate programs, each between 19 and 30 minutes in length.
New World Archaeology
This DVD includes 2 programs—on the ancient Olmec and Maya—including live footage of major sites in Mesoamerica. The programs are between 23 and 30 minutes in length.
Programs about the National Gallery of Art
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. This DVD includes 4 separate programs, each between 13 and 50 minutes in length.
A Place To Be: The Construction of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, 1968–1978
This film traces in detail the creation of this impressive structure from idea to completion by architects I. M. Pei and Partners with participation from various contemporary artists. (58 minutes)
All About Prints
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. (54 minutes)
Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy
Giuseppe Arcimboldo's imaginative combinations of fruits, vegetables, and flowers create allegorical portraits of emperors and witty caricatures of their courtiers, which won him the highest artistic honors bestowed by the Holy Roman Empire. (30 minutes)
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music celebrates one of the most dazzling cultural enterprises of the twentieth century. (28 minutes/58 minutes)
Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
Used by artists since the Middle Ages, metalpoint in its simplest form involves inserting gold or silver wire into a stylus to make drawings on paper prepared with an abrasive coating. (10 minutes)
Hopper, one of America's most admired artists, captured the shared realities of American life with poignancy and enigmatic beauty. His iconic images, set in unexceptional places, reveal the poetry of quiet, private moments. (30 minutes)
El Greco, An Artist's Odyssey
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. (29 minutes)
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. (33 minutes)
From Impressionism To Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection
A shrewd businessman, Chester Dale earned the fortune that enabled him and his wife Maud to assemble one of the finest art collections in America during the early twentieth century that was later gifted to the National Gallery of Art. (16 minutes)
Gauguin: Maker of Myth
More than one hundred works by Paul Gauguin—including many of his most sumptuous, appealing colorful images—appear in Gauguin: Maker of Myth, the first major exhibition of his work in the United States in twenty years. (30 minutes)
Arriving in New York in 1904, George Bellows depicted America on the move. In a twenty-year career cut short by his untimely death at age forty-two, he painted the rapidly growing city of New York. (30 minutes)
Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery
Virginia Dwan opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles in 1959 and went on to organize groundbreaking exhibitions of movements as diverse as abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptualism, and land art. (23 minutes)
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
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. (32 minutes)
Pompeii and the Roman Villa
This film explores art and culture around the Bay of Naples before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. Artists created frescoes, sculpture, and luxurious objects in gold, silver, and glass for villa owners as well as residents of Pompeii and nearby. (30 minutes)
Seeing Color: Object, Light, Observer
The DVD includes the film Seeing Color, plus additional background information about the artists featured, pigments, optics, the physiology of color vision and perception, and the history of color theory from Aristotle to the twentieth century. (120 minutes)
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Narrated by John Lithgow, this film was made in conjunction with the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing. 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. (30 minutes)
Preview Select Titles
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (19:19)
Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy (14:12)
Edward Hopper (3:26)
Pompeii and the Roman Villa (2:28)
J. M. W. Turner (14:05)