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National Gallery of Art Acquires Works of Art by Weston, Gerome, Smithson, Mann, Loving, and Others

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has acquired an impressive array of new acquisitions, augmenting its collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, illustrated books, and photographs.

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1924–1904), View of Medinet El-Fayoum, c.1868–1870. Oil on panel, 38 x 56 cm (14.96 in x 22.05 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Fund.
Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1924–1904), View of Medinet El-Fayoum, c.1868–1870. Oil on panel, 38 x 56 cm (14.96 in x 22.05 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Fund.

Among the acquisitions are the Gallery’s first paintings by Jean-Leon Gerome and Cornelis Bega; a rare Florentine red wax relief after a model attributed to Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi; the first printed book illustrated by an Italian artist; and important old master drawings by Lattanzio Gambara and Alessandro Magnasco. The Gallery also acquired two major sculptures by Robert Smithson; its first works by renowned photographer Sally Mann; a landmark photograph by Edward Weston; a portfolio of photogravures by Al Taylor; and Jasper Johns’ 1997 edition print Green Angel 2 along with 13 related proofs and six related copperplates.

“The Gallery is thrilled to accept so many fine works across mediums and spanning the 17th to the 21st centuries, including many important firsts for the collection,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We depend on the generosity of private donors to continue building the nation’s art collection, now standing at nearly 130,000 works, and we are enormously grateful to these individuals, foundations, and groups.” www.nga.gov