Sunday, January 16, 2011

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

We visited the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on Friday. It was my first time there in so many years. I can't believe I lived in the Washington, DC area for more than 20 years and I can probably count on one hand the number of times I visited the National Gallery! I guess we all do this, don't we? We don't take advantage of things that are there in our backyards. We get busy with day to day life and find it tough to make time to go the museums and the sites.

The National Gallery is a good museum, but what made it a truly beautiful experience for our visit was that we were there on a Friday in mid-January which meant that there were hardly any people in the museum. No kids because they are all in school. No tourists because it is post holidays, middle of January and freezing cold. I LOVE empty museums. I love to look at art in peace and quiet. It is so distracting to me when there are crowds of people surrounding you, and people walking in front of you, and kids running around, and people talking loudly. This museum visit was BLISS.

I am really happy we were able to pay a visit to the National Gallery this trip. I look forward to returning to this museum. On a weekday. Always a weekday.

Some Scenes captured via Hipstamatic.

National Gallery East Building - Modern Art
Diana the Hunter - one of my favorites
Picasso's "The Lovers" - one of my love's favorites.

Love the couches. David and the Lions - one of my favorite paintings as a child.
My Love. Love the feel in all of these galleries.
The Museum has beautiful fountains and flowers. 


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