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Collection Study

The National Gallery of Art serves the nation by welcoming all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity. 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 Liechtenstein
Nancy H. Yeide,
Curatorial Records and Files

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Collection Study

Themes and Ideas in Dutch Genre Painting
Various Authors

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Collection Study

Ray Johnson’s Untitled (Letterbox): A Cataloger’s Notes
Jennifer Roberts, Modern Art

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Collection Study

Rachel Whiteread's Vies Trouvées (Found Lives)
Molly Donovan, Modern Art

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