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Compares the collection of the National Gallery of Art to the old European museums. Discusses the events leading to the development of the National Gallery beginning with the evolution of America's interest in the fine arts. Describes the general history of the Smithsonian Institution, the founding of a new gallery of art by Andrew Mellon, the design of a building to house the collection, the major donors, and the activities conducted by the National Gallery. Includes reproductions of many works with short essays on the work and the artist.


  • Mellon, Andrew W (Andrew William) 1855-1937
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art


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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Art
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  • Architecture
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Gifts
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Buildings

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