If you are an art buff on private Washington DC tours, the first place you should head off to is the National Gallery of Art. With a base collection of 130,000 paintings, sculptures and photographs that trace the history of western art from Middle Ages to the present, world-renowned artists consider it to be one among the best art museums in the world.
Here is a list of the artworks in the grand collection of the museum.
Ginevra de’ Benci
The only Da Vinci painting that is on public display in United States is Ginevra de’ Benci, a 15th century oil painting. The painting is of a newly engaged young woman about 16 years of age and there is no hint of a smile on her face. The beautiful portrait is set against natural landscapes, Ginvera’s skin looks translucent, and her hair melds with a juniper bush as a symbol of chastity.
Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait
Although his career lasted only 10 years, Vincent van Gogh proved to be an innovative artist that experimented with variety of subjects including portraiture, landscape and still life and his self-portraits especially defined him as an artist. He was a devoted practitioner of the self-portrait art and painted about 36 self-portraits and the self-portrait at the museum is one among the ones he painted in the final days of his life. In this portrait, Van Gogh depicted himself at work, dressed in his artist’s robes with brushes in his hand.
Judith Leyster Self Portrait
The self portrait done by Judith Leyster is one of the most popular Dutch paintings in the National Art Gallery and in the portrait she depicts herself as an easel taking some time to interact with the viewer while painting a violin player. In this portrait, Judith compares the art of creating timeless music with the art of creating timeless paintings.
David with the head of Goliath
Andrea Del Casagno, who lived in Florentine between 1419 and 1457, created the painting which became famous as a renaissance artwork. It was created in the fifteenth century and the subject connected so well with the Florentine audience at that time. The city saw itself as a young David fighting with powerful Goliaths like the King of Naples, The Pope, as well as the Duke of Milan.
The museum holds some mesmerizing art collections and the exquisite design and programs of the gallery makes it easily accessible to an ordinary visitor, which is why we highly recommend you to visit the place if you are on private tours to Washington DC.