On Saturday, November 14, 2015, a group of undergraduate Art History students spent the afternoon touring the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The National Gallery of Art contains paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the present and the trip gave students the opportunity to see magnificent works of art previously known to them only on a projector screen.
The National Gallery of Art includes a large-scale exhibition of Western European traditional paintings dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, as well as, notably, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer, an incredibly rare painting on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Other point of interest include the Sculpture Garden, an exhibit of Marc Chagall entitled Orphée, and The Dutch Cabinet Galleries. These, along with many other exhibitions provide visitors with indispensable learning experiences about successful artists, different artistic mediums, and insight into the periods in which the works were created.