8.16.2014

THE ONLY DA VINCI IN THE AMERICAS

As I discussed in my last post, the philanthropy of the Mellon family continued with both of Andrew Mellon's children donating both works of art and funds to purchase art for the museum.

Ailsa Mellon Bruce's financial contributions allowed the museum to purchase many Old Masters, including what is currently the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on display outside Europe. The painting was purchased for the museum from Prince Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein in 1967.

Ginevra de’ Benci (1474/1478) by Leonardo da Vinci
Other masterpieces purchased directly by the museum thanks to the generosity of Ailsa Mellon Bruce include:

Portrait of a Merchant (1530) by Jan Gossaert





































Works of art that she donated to the museum include:

The Artist's Garden at VĂ©theuil (1880) by Claude Monet

The Artist's Garden at Eragny (1898) by Camille Pissarro
Pont Neuf, Paris (1872) by Auguste Renoir
Riverbank (1895) by Paul CĂ©zanne
Young Spanish Woman with a Guitar (1898) by Auguste Renoir

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue.
  • Admission is always FREE.
  • Open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Open Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed on December 25 and January 1. 
All photos in this blog post were taken by me during my visit in September, 2013.

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