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National Gallery of Art [HOT]
The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937 for the people of
the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress,
accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon.
During the 1920s, Mr. Mellon began collecting with the intention of
forming a gallery of art for the nation in Washington. In 1937, the
year of his death, he promised his collection to the United States.
Funds for the construction of the West Building were provided by
The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. On March 17,
1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the completed
building and the collections on behalf of the people of the United
States of America. ...