Friday, December 5, 2008

Holidays at the National Gallery

Starting today the National Gallery of Art will be decorated for the holidays — hundreds of red and white poinsettias, amaryllis plants, and twelve Christmas trees dressed up with sparkling white lights will be in the West Building Rotunda and Garden Courts.

In addition to decorations, the Gallery is holding some special activities.

• Screenings of the 50-minute BBC film The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Annunciation looks at Jan van Eyck’s The Annunciation, which is in the Gallery's collection. Screenings are at 12:30 p.m. on December 10–12, 17–19, 24, and 26 in the East Building Auditorium.

• The Christmas Story in Art, a 60-minute discussion about paintings in the collection that contain (Christmas) holiday themes, will be led by Gallery lecturer J. Russell Sale on December 9, 11, 16, 18, and 23 at 11 a.m. in the West Building Rotunda.

• Visitors can go caroling in the West Building Rotunda with guest choirs and ensembles at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on December 13, 14, 20, and 21.

• Holiday concerts will be held on Sundays in the West Garden Court of the West Building. Performances are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

December 14, Norwegian Christmas Festival Concert

December 21, Holiday Concert

December 28, New Year Concert

• And if for some reason you don't make it to the Gallery, on its web site, there's a streaming slideshow that explores The Adoration of the Magi, a Renaissance painting by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi.

• And for the most important part — throughout December hot chocolate and special gelato flavors — apple cider, pumpkin, caramel apple, and peppermint candy cane — will be served in the cafe.

View of the National Gallery of Art Rotunda decorated with Poinsettia plants
and holiday greenery
Photo by Rob Shelley © 2006 Trustees, National Gallery of Art

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