Monday, March 4, 2013

New at NGA

This past weekend I visited the National Gallery of Art, one of my favorite DC haunts, to see the highly recommended exhibit on the Pre-Raphaelites but also took the opportunity to wander around one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.
One of my favorite things to see in the museum isn't even technically a work of art but rather the main rotunda which generally has an amazing garden display. The Ames-Haskell Azalea Collection was on display and reminded me that spring is on the way!
Also not to miss is a fascinating exhibit on Manipulated Photography before Photoshop. Tell them I sent you!


Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I have always loved the rotunda. The sound of the fountain and quiet but not silent sounds are positively heavenly.

lostpastremembered said...

Museums are really a treasure, aren't they? They're like mini-vacations that take you away from the day to day. Personally, I like the small, less attended museums –– crowds detract a bit. Thanks for the heads up about the exhibit. I love the old shots they played with –– so creative.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Kerry - it was so crowded and millions of people photographing the azaleas -but still peaceful!
Past - I used to visit one of our museums at least weekly when I lived downtown but I've been so busy and the metro is so slow on weekends that I've been lax. It was good to catch up on a few shows at once!

Windlost said...

Oh, I adore your National Gallery of Art. It is heavenly and I spent many hours there. But I must say, my favorite gallery of all was the National Portrait Gallery & American Art museum.

You are fortunate to live where you do, but also have the good habit of getting out and about in your city. :)

xo Terri

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Terri, not as often as I'd like anymore! It had been a few months...I need to get out more regularly. Partly winter and partly moving outside of downtown.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

My one problem when visiting the National Gallery is that I usually start in the Renaissance section because it is my favorite. By the time I'm through looking at those incredible jewels, there's little time for the rest. I'm always as impressed by the frames of the Renaissance paintings as I am by the paintings themselves!

pve design said...

I love your old soul and affinity for sharing spaces that elevate my spirit. Those statues are wonderful.