National Gallery of Art

Mary Cassatt, Woman Bathing, 1890. National Gallery of Art

Artstor and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC are sharing more than 36,000 images of art from the permanent collection  in the Digital Library.

The collection includes vast numbers of works of art from some of the most important artists from the middle ages to the present day. Artists represented in the National Gallery of Art collection in Artstor include Fra Angelico, Giovanni Bellini, François Boucher, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Hieronymus Bosch, Sandro Botticelli, Agnolo Bronzino, Canaletto, Jean Siméon Chardin, Petrus Christus, François Clouet, Piero di Cosimo, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jacques-Louis David, Donatello, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Albrecht Dürer, Anthony van Dyck, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Giorgione, Giotto, Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna, Simone Martini, Hans Memling, Nicolas Poussin, Pontormo, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Luca Signorelli, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jacopo Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Antoine Watteau, and many others.

Modern and contemporary art includes artworks by such important 20th- and 21st-century artists as Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Franz Kline, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Amy Sillman, Frank Stella, Wayne Thiebaud, and Richard Tuttle, as well as significant collections of the work of Richard Diebenkorn (1,200 pieces) and Mark Rothko (nearly 900 pieces).

The collection in Artstor also includes 700 images of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Kress (1863-1955) made an initial gift of nearly 400 primarily Italian paintings and sculptures to the National Gallery of Art before the museum opened in 1941. This represented the first major addition to the permanent collection after the founding donation of Andrew W. Mellon. For the next twenty years Kress, his brother Rush H. Kress (1877-1963), and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation reorganized and refined the Kress Collection, adding important works of German, Dutch, Flemish, French and Spanish art. The Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art now consists of more than 1,800 works of European art from the 13th through the 18th centuries, including paintings, sculptures, medals, prints, drawings, and decorative arts, as well as an important collection of historical picture frames.  

The National Gallery of Art is one of the world's pre-eminent museums. It was created in 1937 by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of Andrew W. Mellon, the founder of the Gallery. The Gallery opened in 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the West Building, designed by John Russell Pope, and the collections it housed on behalf of the people of the United States of America. In 1978, the Gallery opened the East Building, designed by I.M. Pei, to accommodate its growing collections and exhibition programs. The permanent collection currently includes approximately 114,000 works, which trace the development of Western art from the medieval period to the present.