FREE Art Reference

ngaSelected as one of the Best Free Reference resources of 2012 by Library Journal, The National Gallery in Washington, DC, houses one of the largest collections in the world of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present.

“At the gallery’s website, information is available for more than 110,000 objects, with images provided for 20,000 of them. The site is searchable by keyword or phrase, and users can unearth teaching resources or in-depth studies and search the collection by artist, title, or subject. An extraordinary and easy-to-navigate resource.” – Library Journal, March 1, 2013


A Postal Worker and a Librarian Build a Collection of Contemporary Art

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel at The Clocktower with a drawing by Philip Pearlstein behind them, 1975. Photography Credit: Nathaniel Tileston. Courtesy Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Herbert Vogel passed away yesterday at age 89. Herbert and his wife Dorothy were remarkable art collectors. They built an enormous collection of contemporary art on a his salary as a postal worker. They lived on what she earned as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. Together they amassed over 5,000 works.

They donated all their work to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and to galleries in all 50 states.

Read more at ArtDaily and at the New York Times.

A wonderful documentary was made about them and you can borrow it from the library.