Famous and distinguished Americans are honored at the National Portrait Gallery in portraits, photographs and other visual ... More
National Portrait Gallery
Famous and distinguished Americans are honored at the National Portrait Gallery in portraits, photographs and other visual media. A wide variety of politicians, artists, scientists and social activists are represented. This gallery is a remarkable testimony to the diverse figures the United States has produced, from Grace Kelly and Boris Karloff to George Washington, Mickey Mantle and Gertrude Stein. Photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures supplement the paintings. Of particular interest is the Hall of Presidents, which features a portrait or sculpture of each chief executive.
I visited the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum in May 2007 and was very impressed by the museum and it's beautiful old building from the 1850s that it is all housed in. The main perks of this museum was its location right above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop and the fact that it is a lot less crowded than the other popular Mall museums. The galleries themselves are organized into small rooms and divided in half with one side of a floor dedicated to American Art and the other to the Portraits. I was around the Portrait Gallery for the most part and it was really nice seeing famous Americans honored along with providing a good summary of a portrait subject's background for proof as to why they were placed in the gallery. Do not miss the third floor Great Hall which is a highlight of the museum. Beautiful architecture up there. I also think the President portraits are worth seeing as well. Overall, this place was worth the time to see.
The re-opening of the National Portrait Gallery was certainly worth waiting for. The completed renovation is a phenomenal accomplishment which brings exuberance to each of the various art forms. The color schemes selected in the various exhibits enhance the portraits and sculptures, and create a moving experience for the viewer. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and plan to return very soon.
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