Eighteenth-century French artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was the first woman to present her work at the salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. Her work and that of other women artists of the same era are the subjects of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which visualizes the world of the 18th-century art salon.
An exhibit at The Phillips Collection examines the development of American and European landscape art through 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries. Highlights include Venetian scenes by Canaletto and J.M.W. Turner; landscapes by Monet and Cézanne; and modern works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper and David Hockney.
Konstantin Makovsky documented late-19th-century Russian aristocracy in exquisitely detailed paintings that were hugely popular in Gilded Age America. The artist’s “A Boyar Wedding Feast” is the centerpiece of an exhibition at Hillwood Museum that showcases other works by Makovsky as well as 17th-century embroidered garments; enamel, ivory and silver objects; and pearl-studded headdresses.
This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts features the work of female photographers in the Middle East, and challenges stereotypes about the roles women play in political and social commentary in the region. More than 80 photographs on view explore themes of identity, war, occupation and protest.
The Wu School, centered on the Chinese city of Suzhou, was renowned for its interpretations of poetry, painting and calligraphy during the Ming dynasty (1369 to 1644). This exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery showcases Wu School works, examining their imagery, ideas, artistic techniques—and the words used to express them.