Once we finished at the Library of Congress we took a 30 minute walk to the National Gallery of Art.
And I have to say..... it was gorgeous!
The high ceilings....
The large fountain was radiant....
It felt like we were walking in a modern castle.
The floors were just as exquisite as the paintings.
Portrait of a Young Woman in White
oil on canvas 1798
Circle of Jacques-Louis David
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh
Walking around and seeing all the indoor fountains also made you feel
like you were in a secret garden.
Another favorite of mine....
Marie Victoire Lemoine
"Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest"
This young man's identity has yet to be determined, but his elegant attire- an exquisite satin coat and elaborately embroidered vest- attest his connection to a noble family..... (info from the museum)
"Everyone was eager to come to my evening parties, which were sometimes so crowded that marshals of France sat on the floor for want of chairs."
Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, Memoirs, 1835
"Fountain of Venus"
Love all the paint color selections, truly enchanting.....
1900, patinated plaster
"Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth"
Martin Johnson Heade
"The White Girl (Symphony in White, No. 1)"
James McNeil Whistler
Frederic Edwin Church
I looks like the water is moving. Simply alluring....
Just room after room of beautiful things
Oh gosh, I think I love this paint color!
"The Voyage of Life: Youth"
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
Me looking around....
After looking at as much of the art gallery that we could we decided to head out and have dinner. We ended up at Carmines restaurant. I loved all the vintage furniture and chandeliers.
All of the dishes were family size so if gave you a reason to pass plates around. It was delicious and we certainly enjoyed the atmosphere. My family and I really enjoyed our time here in Washington, D.C. and hope to return very soon.
The next places that we want to visit but didn't get a chance to was the National Archives, the Jefferson Monument, and honestly we will probably just do a repeat of some things we just did. I would love to sit down at the Library of Congress and spend an extra hour at the National Gallery of Art.
I also hope that we can go during the cherry blossom season. Now wouldn't that be lovely?
(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)