- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Some of the most beautiful 15th and 16th-century Netherlandish paintings were produced on diptychs, or attached pairs of paintings. Now, for the first time, the National Gallery of Art’s Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych presents 36 pairs of paintings by such masters as Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling and Rogier van der Weyden. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 4. Free. 202/737-4215.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre has announced a trio of retrospectives that will contribute to its holiday programming, beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing into the new year. The late British director Sir Carol Reed, born in 1906, gets a centennial salute starting Thanksgiving Day with a one-week revival of his most famous thriller, The Third Man. Seven other titles will be revived through Jan. 10. A series devoted to Judy Garland begins Nov. 24, with showings of The Harvey Girls and resumes more systematically in mid-December. Finally, Francis Ford Coppola will be the subject of an eight-film tribute that begins on Dec. 1 with revivals of The Conversation. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $7.50 to $9.25. 301/495-6700 or www.afi.com/silver.

— Gary Arnold

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