Esposizioni alla Galleria Nazionale d'Arte di Washington



Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860
Through January 4, 2015
West Building, Ground Floor
Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) occupies a special place in the history of 19th-century photography for the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now the republic of Myanmar) between 1854 and 1860. Although he learned photography in Great Britain from amateurs who considered it a pastime, he recognized that it could be an effective tool for conveying information about unknown cultures and regions. With few models to follow, Tripe developed a professional practice under the auspices of the large bureaucracy of the British East India Company. Reflecting his military discipline as an officer in the British army, he achieved remarkably consistent results, despite the Indian heat and humidity, which posed constant challenges to photographic chemistry. In addition, Tripe's schooling as a surveyor, where the choice of viewpoint and careful attention to visual details were essential, gave his photographs their distinctive aesthetic rigor. 

The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art
Through January 4, 2015
West Building Founders Room
During World War II, as part of the military's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, American art historians, museum and art professionals, and archivists were deployed as military officers to protect works of art, historical buildings and monuments, and archives in war theaters throughout western Europe. The National Gallery of Art was deeply involved in these efforts. 
Through photographs, documents, and memorabilia, many never before exhibited, this archival display describes the seminal role the National Gallery of Art played in the creation of the MFAA and the Roberts Commission, and explores the experiences of a few of the real-life monuments men.

www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2014/monuments-men.html (Installation Information)
www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/features/monuments-men.html (Learn about: Monuments Officers and the NGA)
A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection
Through January 4, 2015
West Building, Ground Floor Galleries 22, 22A
Revered for its permanence and subtle beauty, the platinum print played an important role in establishing photography as a fine art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Composed of platinum metal embedded in the uppermost fibers of the paper, platinum photographs are characterized by luminous, textured surfaces that vary from a velvety matte to a lustrous sheen. The photographs are also prized for their extraordinary tonal range — from creamy shades of whites to delicate gray midtones and warm, sepia browns to the deepest blacks. These qualities made platinum prints a preferred choice among the pictorialists, an international group of turn-of-the-century photographers who championed the medium as a means for artistic expression. While some pictorialists advocated for the unmanipulated platinum photograph, others experimented with platinum printing by combining it with different processes to create evocative, multilayered works. Drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, this group of outstanding photographs from the 1880s to the 1920s reveals the aesthetic qualities and delicate nuances of the platinum process. 

www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2014/subtle-beauty.html (Exhibition Information)
Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Sponsors: This exhibition is made possible by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. It is also supported by the Trellis Fund. Additional funding is kindly provided by Edward Lenkin and Roselin Atzwanger.
Schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 21, 2014-January 4, 2015; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 24–May 25, 2015; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, June 23–October 11, 2015.
Image: Linnaeus Tripe, Madura: The Vygay River with Causeway, across to Madura, January–February 1858, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel

The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art
Image: Lieutenant Craig Hugh Smyth at the Munich Central Collecting Point with looted art, 1945. Charles Parkhurst Papers, National Gallery of Art, Gallery Archives.

A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection
Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Image: Frederick H. Evans, York Minster, North Transept: "In Sure and Certain Hope," 1902, platinum print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Carolyn Brody Fund and Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund 

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