The National Gallery of Art is the New World counterpart of such legendary
European galleries as the Louvre, the Prado, the Tate, and the Uffizi.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation supports the National Gallery in its
ongoing mission of displaying the world's greatest paintings, sculptures and
other artworks for the enjoyment of visitors to and residents of our nation's
In 2004, the Foundation sponsored a magnificent exhibit titled The Courtly
Art of the Ancient Maya. The exhibit displayed extraordinary works of Mayan
art from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala as well as masterpieces from museums
around the world. The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya was heralded as
the defining exhibition on the Mayan civilization.
In March 2005, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation sponsored
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, which opened to great acclaim and
near record Gallery crowds. In February 2006, the Foundation sponsored an
exhibition on Dada, one of the key avant-garde movements of the 20th
century. The foundation-sponsored presentation of Dada was selected by the
Washington Post as the
best art exhibition of the last decade.
In 2003, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation sponsored the first major
exhibition ever of the works of the renowned French artist, Jean-Antoine Houdon,
recognized as the greatest sculptor of the 18th century. Houdon sculpted the
leading intellectual and political figures of the day, including Voltaire and
Napoleon, and American statesmen such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
and Benjamin Franklin.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation also provided funding for the National
Gallery's extraordinary exhibit entitled, Goya: Images of Women. This
major exhibition featured approximately 110 paintings and prints by the Spanish
master. Many of the works are among Goya's most famous and some of which are
rarely-lent or seen. His beautiful fantasy painting of La Maja is perhaps
the most recognized female in the world.
In October 2001, the Foundation brought an exhibit celebrating the life, genius
and works of noted British sculptor Henry Moore to the East Wing of the National
Gallery of Art. This exhibition won universal praise for its success in
conveying the astonishing range of Moore's achievement, which extends far beyond
the fluid and thought-provoking sculptures for which he is best known.
In 2000, The Architecture of the Baroque dazzled Gallery visitors with
its exquisitely detailed models, paintings and sketches of some of the most
breathtakingly beautiful palaces and churches ever built. Similarly, in 1999,
Caravaggio's long-lost masterwork, The Taking of Christ, was the
centerpiece of a Foundation-sponsored exhibit of highly regarded Renaissance
paintings on religious subjects.
As always, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is proud to be able to play a
part in bringing the world's greatest artistic masterworks to the National
Gallery of Art.