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Artsedge helps artists, teachers, and students find and share information , resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum. The site offers a daily...  (The Kennedy Center, supported by Department of Education)
William Blake Archive brings together Blake's disparate, widely dispersed, and often restricted major visual and artistic works in one searchable website. The archive contains scalable electronic editions...  (University of Virginia, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Collection of the National Gallery of Art is the homepage for one of the finest art collections in the world, illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to today. Visitors can...  (National Gallery of Art)
Master Painter in the Age of Rembrandt features one of the most esteemed Dutch artists of the seventeenth century, Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), also known as Rembrandt's first pupil. Included are many of Dou's best portraits and...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Impressionists at Argenteuil examines the role of the small suburban town of Argenteuil, France, in the development of the impressionist movement. The site features impressionist paintings by six influential...  (National Gallery of Art)
Anatomy of an Exhibition: Art Nouveau, 1890-1914 offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the planning and construction of the Art Nouveau exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. It includes conversations with the curator and designer...  (National Gallery of Art)
Picasso: The Early Years, Brochure presents the first comprehensive survey of Picasso's work before cubism, from the academic and realist work of his youth to his emergence as a brilliant stylist in late 1906...  (National Gallery of Art)
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century offers 14 in-depth studies of works by various artists represented in the National Gallery of Art. The studies include information on the artist, technique, and history behind each...  (National Gallery of Art)
Johaness Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance examines Vermeer's use of light, proportion, symbolism, and other techniques in this 17th century masterpiece. How the museum restored the painting is also explained...  (National Gallery of Art)
Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures takes students on a virtual journey with the artist and ethnologist to meet Native Americans of the 1830s. His portraits, scenes of American Indian life, and writings depict cultures...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Van Gogh's Van Goghs features nine paintings, a history, and a chronology of the life of this ingenious Dutch painter. Van Gogh was 27 years old when he decided to become an artist after unsuccessful...  (National Gallery of Art)
Frederic Remington: The Color of Night is the first exhibition devoted to the nocturnes, or night paintings, of one of America's most gifted interpreters of the Frontier West. Twenty-nine paintings are organized around...  (National Gallery of Art)
Edouard Vuillard examines the works, techniques, and influences of this Parisian artist (1868-1940). Selected highlights are included from the National Gallery Art exhibit of more than 230 of...  (National Gallery of Art)
Virtue and Beauty features nearly a dozen portraits of women in Florence created between 1440 and 1540. These paintings, marble sculptures, medals, and drawings reflect a time when subjects in art...  (National Gallery of Art)
Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier displays 16 portraits of Picasso's companion, Fernande Olivier. They're from a series of 60 portraits Picasso created of Olivier between spring and fall in 1909. This series is...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Art of Romare Bearden includes more than 30 pieces from this comprehensive retrospective. A preeminent artist of his generation, Bearden (1911-1988) was known for his collages; however, he also produced...  (National Gallery of Art)
Small French Paintings presents a selection of small French impressionist and postimpressionist paintings by Bonnard, Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, Pissarro, and others. The works are organized around six...  (National Gallery of Art)
Gerard ter Borch displays 14 pieces by one of the finest of all Dutch 17th-century painters. Ter Borch (1617-1681) was unrivaled at capturing the elegance and grace of wealthy burghers and expressing...  (National Gallery of Art)
Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits explores a fascinating aspect of the career of one of the greatest painters in the history of Western art: Rembrandt's portraits of apostles, evangelists, and other religious figures...  (National Gallery of Art)
Fauve Painting from the Permanent Collection commemorates the 100th anniversary of an 1905 Paris exhibition where paintings by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, and others were jeered as an "orgy of pure color," primitive and brutal...  (National Gallery of Art)
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre focuses on paintings, posters, and other works by Lautrec depicting the decadent spirit and bohemian life of this hilltop working-class district on the outskirts of Paris at the turn...  (National Gallery of Art)
Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art features one of America's treasured 19th century artists. Follow the career and works of this self-taught painter from Civil War battlefields and farmlands to the North Sea fishing...  (National Gallery of Art)
Cezanne in Provence marks the centenary of the death of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a founding father of modern art. He created some of the most powerful and innovative paintings of the late 19th and...  (National Gallery of Art)
John Wilmerding Collection is a slideshow of more than 30 paintings and works donated to the Gallery by John Wilmerding, an authority on American art. It includes 19th and early 20th century landscapes and...  (National Gallery of Art)
Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris celebrates the range of the self-taught French painter's work. Known for his jungle scenes and taxidermy-like wild animals, Rousseau (1844-1910) is among the most famous of naïve...  (National Gallery of Art)
Picturing France, 1830-1900 explores 19th-century painting in France and the culture it reflects. Organized by region, the site offers a glimpse of the history and cultural life of Paris, Auvergne, Normandy...  (National Gallery of Art)
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution...  (Library of Congress)
British Painting provides a brief history of painting in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries, when English artists began developing their own styles in marine, allegorical, and landscape...  (National Gallery of Art)
BRUSHster lets you paint on the web. More than 40 brushes and textures are offered with a full palette of colors and effects that blur, ripple, and fragment your designs. Click "auto" to see...  (National Gallery of Art)
Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting examines a phase of the Renaissance in Venice when three great masters were working side by side (1500 to 1530). The innovations of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and their contemporaries...  (National Gallery of Art)
Eugène Boudin looks at the life and works of Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), a French artist who painted seascapes, beach scenes, and landscapes. Note how his paintings capture the light on water...  (National Gallery of Art)
J.M.W. Turner presents nine paintings and watercolors by the reowned English Romantic landscape artist William Turner (1775-1951). Turner began drawing at an early age, exhibiting drawings in his...  (National Gallery of Art)
NGAkids Still Life lets kids of all ages compose their own still life paintings (on the web) using images of fruits, flowers, and other objects and artistic elements. Experiment with perspective, size...  (National Gallery of Art)
Tour: Vincent van Gogh provides a brief overview van Gogh's life and looks at seven of his paintings...  (National Gallery of Art)
Charles Sheeler: Across Media is the first exhibit to focus on the relationships among photography, film, and painting in the works of Charles Sheeler (1883-1965). This American modernist explored those...  (National Gallery of Art)
Gilbert Stuart: Exhibition examines the life and career of early America's most successful portraitist. The son of a Rhode Island snuff miller, Stuart (1755-1828) mastered portraiture in London and Dublin...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands explores the history of the Dutch in America. Topics include Henry Hudson, New Netherland, New Amsterdam, the sale of Manhattan, Native Americans and the Dutch, slavery in New...  (Library of Congress)
The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting is the first comprehensive exhibit devoted to paintings of scenes from daily life, real and imagined, in French art of the 18th century. A brochure, available online, presents 13...  (National Gallery of Art)
Spirit of an Age provides information about 15 images from one of the most significant presentations of 19th-century German painting ever shown in the U.S. The 75 works by 35 artists on display are...  (National Gallery of Art)
Pablo Picasso's The Tragedy: The Metamorphosis of a Painting uses x-rays and infrared light to reveal that Picasso sketched and painted at least four works on this panel before painting over them all in 1903 to produce The Tragedy. He did not...  (National Gallery of Art)
Selections from Audubon's The Birds of America (1827-1838) shows 34 paintings from John James Audubon's "The Birds of America," one of the greatest picture books ever produced...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Italian Cabinet Galleries contains paintings and precious objects similar to those found in the private chambers or studies of Italian Renaissance princes, humanists or wealthy merchants. Most small finely...  (National Gallery of Art)
Mary Cassatt -- The Color Prints, 1889-1894 tours 12 pieces by an artist who was one of the few Americans to work in the 19th century French avante-garde style. Cassatt is well known for her perceptive depictions of women and...  (National Gallery of Art)
Northern European Painting of the 15th-16th Centuries explores the paintings (and accompanying texts) to holdings at the National Gallery of Art. The Gallery states that "the 15th and 16th centuries saw the rise of capitalism and a...  (National Gallery of Art)
The French Painting Collection presents French paintings from the 19th century. The site includes paintings from the "academic" style that dominated the first half of the century as well as paintings from the latter...  (National Gallery of Art)
Selections from the 20th-Century Collections showcases prominent pieces of art by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, David Smith, and Alexander Calder...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Gallery's American Collection Online features American paintings from the late 1700s-1900s. Included are works by John Copley, Henry Tanner, John Sargent, James Whistler, Gilbert Stuart, and more. Much art of the...  (National Gallery of Art)
Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 displays 1,395 photographs by Van Vechten, primarily studio portraits of people involved in the arts, including musicians, dancers, artists, literati, theatrical, film, and television...  (Library of Congress)
American Visionaries: Thomas Moran features paintings and sketches of the noted American landscape painter. Moran's pencil and watercolor field sketches and paintings captured the grandeur and documented the...  (National Park Service)
Deception and Illustions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting illustrates the playful and intellectual nature of "trompe l'oeil" -- the artistic depiction of objects so precisely that those objects appear real. Twelve images are presented from...  (National Gallery of Art)
Watson and the Shark by John Singleton is a painting inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749. Fourteen-year-old Brook Watson, an orphan serving as a crew member on a trading ship, was attacked by a...  (National Gallery of Art)
Adoration of the Magi is a streaming slideshow that lets viewers hear an explanation while viewing this Renaissance painting of thee kings bearing gifts for the Christ Child...  (National Gallery of Art)
Thomas Moran was one of the major landscape painters of his day, and painted some of America's most prominent natural treasures, including the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. He...  (National Gallery of Art)
Max Weber's Modern Vision presents 11 paintings by this influential painter (1881-1961), who was among the first artists to carry the modernist revolution to the U.S...  (National Gallery of Art)
Manet's The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight explores why the artist, stung by critical comments in 1864, cut his painting Incident in a Bullfight in two and then painted The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight on the resulting two...  (National Gallery of Art)
Education at the National Gallery of Art provides easy access to free-loan educational materials, programs, and resources for teachers, educational activities and events, as well as internship and volunteer opportunities at...  (National Gallery of Art)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is the first major exhibition of Kirchner's work to be shown in the U.S. in 30 years. Kirchner (1880-1938) was among the most prolific and creative of the German expressionists. He...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes examines Jacopo Bassano's 1545 painting and compares it with other works that also depict the New Testament story in which Jesus calls Peter to become a disciple. Bassano's painting...  (National Gallery of Art)
Thomas Gainsborough presents 12 paintings that illustrate the range, richness, and originality of this British master of 18th-century portraits and landscapes. Gainsborough's works are characterized by...  (National Gallery of Art)
Winslow Homer's Right and Left is a streaming slideshow of the artist's last great painting, completed the year before his death in 1910. Its title refers to a feat in hunting of shooting two ducks in rapid...  (National Gallery of Art)
Mark Rothko presents selected paintings and drawings by this abstract artist who was known for his use of color, surface, proportion, and scale and for his contributions to the "New York School"...  (National Gallery of Art)
National Museum of African Art presents images from more than 30 exhibitions -- embroideries, textiles, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, palace doors, chairs, headrests, pipes, cups, drinking horns, bowls, drums...  (Smithsonian Institution)
George Washington: A National Treasure takes an in-depth look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president. Explore the symbolic, artistic, and biographic meanings of the sword and books by clicking on...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection explores one of the premier private holdings of American modernist paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. It includes masterpieces by Patrick Henry Bruce, Alexander Calder, Georgia...  (National Gallery of Art)
Jackson Pollock Web Feature takes an in-depth look at the life and work of this American original. His drip paintings were the culmination of his synthesis of tradition and modernism. The site examines the...  (National Gallery of Art)
Weir Farm: Home of an American Impressionist examines the farm acquired by painter Alden Weir (1852-1919), where he summered for nearly 40 years (northeast of New City). At a time railroads were expanding, populations were...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Teacher and Student Resources at the National Museum of American Art offers the "Pueblo Indian Watercolors" teachers guide on interpreting the meaning of artistic images, an interactive guide on one of America's most powerful African-American painters...  (National Museum of American Art, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Byzantine Art and Painting in Italy tours Italian Byzantine paintings of the 1200s and 1300s. The site includes an overview of the genre, historical background, and information on the featured artists, the paintings...  (National Gallery of Art)
Venetian Painting in the Early Renaissance offers seven paintings from the last quarter century of the 1400s. In the mid-1400s, Venice was the most powerful city in Italy but by the end of the fifteenth century the city's...  (National Gallery of Art)
Giorgione and the High Renaissance in Venice presents seven paintings by this influential painter (1500-20) and others whose work marks the beginning of the Venetian High Renaissance. Giorgione introduced new subjects...  (National Gallery of Art)
Raphael features paintings that epitomize the artists' High Renaissance style. Tracing the process by which he transformed the fifteenth-century style of his earliest teachers into something...  (National Gallery of Art)
Mannerism offers seven Italian paintings covering 1520-40, the period just after the popular High Renaissance. This period is known for its emphasis on self-conscious artifice over realistic...  (National Gallery of Art)
Venice and the North examines some of the works that were painted by artists from northern Italy, areas in modern-day Lombardy and the Veneto that were largely under Venetian control in the sixteenth...  (National Gallery of Art)
Titian and the Late Renaissance in Venice features seven paintings by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), the preeminent artist among Venetian painters during the 16th century. At the time (1540), Venice reigned as one of the most...  (National Gallery of Art)
Fresco Cycle with the Story of Procris and Cephalus offers nine frescoes depicting the mythological tale of Princess Procris and Prince Cephalus of Attica, a story of wedded bliss ravaged by distrust found in Book VII of the...  (National Gallery of Art)
Venetian Painting in the Later Sixteenth Century shows seven paintings by the three most important challengers -- Jacopo Tintoretto, Veronese, Jacopo -- to Titian's dominance over Venetian art in the 16th century...  (National Gallery of Art)
El Greco was a Greek-born artist whose emotional style vividly expressed the passion of Counter-Reformation Spain. The exhibit showcases the most important collection of his work outside his...  (National Gallery of Art)
Painting in Siena in the 14th and Early 15th Centuries National Gallery of Art tours 10 paintings distinctive for their linear and decorative style. The painters used gold and strong color to create pattern and rhythm...  (National Gallery of Art)
Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century looks at seven paintings from what has been called the "Golden Age of Spanish Painting." The paintings are described in detail, and full-screen images are available...  (National Gallery of Art)
Seventeenth-Century French Painting showcases pictures from about 1626 to 1653. Leading French painters of the period traveled to Rome, where they were influenced by contemporary Italian artists as well as High...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Emergence of New Genres exhibits six Italian paintings of the late 16th and early 17th centuries that show the establishment of landscape, still life, and genre paintings as subjects worthy of attention by...  (National Gallery of Art)
Netherlandish Painting in the 1400s tours eight small versions of the painted panels found in church altarpieces for use in private devotions at home. The panels, produced by artists from France, Germany, and the Low...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Early Renaissance in Florence tours 8 paintings by Italian masters including Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico. The artwork reflects the humanistic outlook and mastery of perspective and light that defined Renaissance...  (National Gallery of Art)
Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces looks at five paintings commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain for Spanish churches or convents. Because they worked for the glory of the monarchy and the Church, the artists...  (National Gallery of Art)
Antwerp in the Early 1500s tours seven paintings from an era when Antwerp was the mercantile center of Europe. The new wealth created during this time served as a magnet for artists who wanted to experiment with...  (National Gallery of Art)
Sir Anthony Van Dyck shows paintings and descriptions of the National Gallery of Art's holdings of the famous Flemish painter. According to the Gallery, "With elaborate settings, symbolic accessories, and...  (National Gallery of Art)
Sir Peter Paul Rubens was an artist, diplomat, linguist, and scholar. His style -- rich texture, vivid color, and lively movement -- has influenced Western art to the present day. The exhibit looks at his...  (National Gallery of Art)
Frans Hals was a leading portraitist in 17th century Haarlem, a Dutch city. This exhibit examines his style and technique and provides a timeline of his life, and features Hal's famous portraits...  (National Gallery of Art)
Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s looks at Dutch paintings that focused on the natural world. Paintings depicting aspects of the natural world were so characteristic of the Netherlands that, during the 17th century...  (National Gallery of Art)
Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s look at Dutch depictions of city and countryside, both real and imaginary. The Dutch valued seascapes and insisted on accurate renderings. Genre incidents from everyday life animate...  (National Gallery of Art)
Johannes Vermeer and Dutch Scenes of Daily Life in the 1600s tours eight paintings depicting everyday scenes. They are typical of "genre" paintings from this period, which marks the emergence of Dutch national identity. Vermeer's specialty was...  (National Gallery of Art)
Francisco de Goya was one of Spain's greatest painters and an internationally influential printmaker during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1774, Goya received his first royal commission --...  (National Gallery of Art)
Chardin and Portraiture showcases an artist who was called the "great magician" for his still lifes and scenes of everyday activity. Jean Siméon Chardin was a member of the Royal Academy who painted...  (National Gallery of Art)
The Rococo and Watteau features the work of Antoine Watteau, who experimented with the ingredients of rococo -- emphasizing color, a lighthearted approach, and close observation -- and developed a new, free...  (National Gallery of Art)
Boucher and Fragonard looks at two painters who came to prominence during the Enlightenment in Europe. They worked in the rococco style. Boucher was also the principal designer for Sèvres porcelain and...  (National Gallery of Art)
Neoclassicism is an exhibit that features the works of French artists who painted in the time of Napoleon. With the revolution, French painting resumed its moral and political purpose and embraced...  (National Gallery of Art)
Constable and Turner: British Landscapes of the Early 1800s features two landscape painters who were influential champions of romanticism, an artistic movement of the late 1700s to mid-1800s that emphasized an emotional response to nature...  (National Gallery of Art)
Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s features artists in this elite English society. For more than a century, London's Royal Academy established the highest cultural standards in the English-speaking world. It trained...  (National Gallery of Art)
British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s looks at works in the "Grand Manner" or "Great Style." The terms are used to describe paintings that used visual metaphors. The Grand Manner came to include portraiture—especially at...  (National Gallery of Art)
Gilbert Stuart: Works portrayed virtually all the notable men and women of the Federal period in the U.S., and was declared the "Father of American Portraiture" by his contemporaries. Stuart portrayed...  (National Gallery of Art)
Gilbert Stuart: Paints the First Five Presidents looks at the Gibbs-Coolidge paintings, the only surviving complete set of portraits depicting the first five U.S. presidents. Commissioned by Colonel George Gibbs of Rhode Island, it...  (National Gallery of Art)
John Singleton Copley features one of the foremost artists in colonial America. Virtually self-taught as a portraitist, he created powerful characterizations of his Boston sitters. After he emigrated to...  (National Gallery of Art)
British and American History Paintings of the 1700s feature works that imaginatively re-create historical events. "History paintings" also illustrated heroic or moralizing episodes from religion, mythology, and literature. In depicting...  (National Gallery of Art)
American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s features paintings by Charles Willson Peale, Mather Brown, Thomas Sully, Edward Savage, and others. The site includes information on the pieces' provenances, exhibition histories, and...  (National Gallery of Art)
British Conversation Pieces and Portraits of the 1700s presents six "conversation" scenes, including informal group portraits as well as imaginary views of daily life. Pictures were commissioned by families or friends to portray them...  (National Gallery of Art)
Whistler, Sargent, and Tanner -- Americans Abroad in the Late 1800s shows several paintings of three American painters who not only studied abroad but chose to remain abroad. The paintings are described in detail, and full-screen images can be...  (National Gallery of Art)
Patrons and Artists in Late 15th-Century Florence tours eight paintings from one of the greatest art centers in the history of Western culture...  (National Gallery of Art)
American Impressionists of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s offers seven paintings that help show how the invention of collapsible tin tubes to hold premixed oil paints (John Rand, 1841) freed the artist to leave the studio and explore the...  (National Gallery of Art)
Romantics and Realists compares and contrasts the romantic and realists schools through seven French paintings (1812-1875). The romantic movement, according to poet Charles Baudelaire, was "a manner of...  (National Gallery of Art)
Selected African American Artists presents several works by African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Willie Cole, and Sam Gilliam...  (National Gallery of Art)
Winslow Homer Watercolors -- A Survey of Themes and Styles presents a sampling of the artists' paintings with descriptions of the artistic and cultural elements of the works...  (National Gallery of Art)
Italian Painting of the 16th Century is featured in a collection of High Renaissance art. The tour looks at the different styles of Raphael, Titian, and other artists and examines how their artwork differed from the next...  (National Gallery of Art)
Works on Paper from the Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch Collection features a once privately-held collection of 19th century American paintings...  (National Gallery of Art)
Mark Rothko: The Mural Projects presents nine works by one of America's foremost artists. The works are related to two mural commissions from the 1950s-1960s. Rothko (1903-1970) is closely identified with the New...  (National Gallery of Art)
Edward Ruscha, Lisp, 1968 explores an in-depth study of Edward Ruscha's 1968 painting Lisp. Ruscha, one of the most compelling artists of the last 40 years, is best known for paintings in which words play a...  (National Gallery of Art)
Stella's Jarama II presents clues that help students discover what this colorful piece of art was intended to represent...  (National Gallery of Art)
American Impressionism and Realism provides essays on 12 paintings and biographies of 8 artists: William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), and others...  (National Gallery of Art)

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