Portrait Gallery of Art Tour
Join historian and author Ed Moser at the National Portrait Gallery of Art for a grand tour of one of America’s finest, most underrated museums, as he walks you through the intricate interplay of history and art. While you admire paintings, by the finest artists of the time, of soldier Stephen Decatur, novelist Harriet Ward Beecher Stowe, architect H.R. Richardson, and Edgar Allen Poe, he’ll entertain you with little-known tales of their romances, rivalries, triumphs, and tragedies.
Learn the lore and the back stories behind the portraits of legendary men and women. You’ll take in the tumultuous events and surprising artists’ agendas featured in the unmatched Civil War gallery. And gaze upon George Caitlin’s epic collection of Native American paintings in their 19th-century Great Plains setting.
The lovely building itself is featured: as the first Patent Office, it was saved by an artist in the War of 1812, served as a Civil War hospital where Walt Whitman and Clara Barton worked, and boasts a grand gallery of invention by Smithsonian Castle architect Adolph Kluss.
Portrait Gallery of Art 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm