Synopsis by Alice Day
In the first segment of this two-part program, the history of the National Gallery is told by former director J. Carter Brown. Brown tells how the gallery came to be founded by the collector Andrew W. Mellon in 1937, and how the centerpiece of the original collection was comprised of 21 masterworks once owned by Catherine II of Russia. The second part of National Gallery of Art: A Treasury of Masterpieces is a tour of some of the choicest artwork in the Gallery's collections, which includes European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and graphic arts.
art, art-collection, museum