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"An American Vision: Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum"
2002-05-05 until 2002-10-06
National Gallery of Art
Winterthur, An American Country Estate located in
Delaware's picturesque Brandywine Valley, is widely known for its
museum, garden, and library. Open to the public since 1951, it displays
Henry Francis du Pont's (1880-1969) magnificent collection of American
decorative arts. In celebration of Winterthur's 50th anniversary, a selection
of the rarest and most renowned objects from its collection will be
installed in the first exhibition to travel in the museum's history. An
American Vision: Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum will be
on view at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, 5 May through 6
This installation will present more than 300 masterpieces from
Winterthur's collection of 85,000 objects, including furniture, textiles,
paintings, prints and drawings, ceramics, glass, and metalwork, all made or
used in America between 1640 and 1860.
"The American past and its aesthetic genius were the passion of Henry
Francis du Pont, whose taste shaped the world of American collecting and
decorating throughout the 20th century," said Earl A. Powell III, director,
National Gallery of Art. "We are grateful to DuPont for its generosity in
helping to bring to Washington for the first time in Winterthur's history
many of the finest masterpieces from its unparalleled collection."