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A group of senior Greek officials left Washington for home Thursday, deeply disappointed that a major art exhibition from their country had just become one of the latest casualties of the federal government shutdown.
It's appropriate that Leonardo da Vinci's dream and the men who eventually fulfilled it should come together, as they do for the first — and perhaps the only — time, for 40 days, starting Friday at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
The National Gallery of Art plans to close its modern art galleries for three years to complete a $68 million renovation, adding new galleries and a rooftop sculpture garden.
The National Gallery of Art plans to close its modern art galleries for three years to complete a $68 million renovation to add new galleries and a rooftop sculpture garden.
The Italian foreign minister, the Italian ambassador, several Italian-American members of Congress and leaders of scores of Italian-American organizations crowded into a hallway of the National Gallery of Art this week to celebrate a nation that – as they said – was discovered by an Italian and named after one.
The author Thomas Merton wrote, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." It's an accurate assessment. When you go to an art gallery or museum, certain paintings immediately capture your interest and imagination. Other works will lead you to feelings of boredom, frustration or even repulsion.
Herbert Vogel, an art collector who amassed over 5,000 works despite a modest income, has died at age 89.
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be," Polonius advises son Laertes in "Hamlet." Good advice to sons, but not to museum directors.
Of the three great Spanish artists of the 20th century — Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro — the first is a recurring subject of National Gallery of Art exhibitions, with seven shows in the past three decades. But while Dali awaits his turn, beginning Sunday Miro gets some overdue attention from the National Gallery in "Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape," a major new exhibition of well over a hundred works spanning his long, productive life.