A — 4: who presented old master paintings and sculptures to the country
B — 1: which is now called the West building
C — 3: who are willing to share their possessions with the public
D — 7: as well as an advanced research centre and an art library
E — 5: as well as partnership with private organizations
F — 6: that the gallery is open daily and free of charge
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art was created in Washington D.C. for the people of the United States in 1937. It started with the gift of the financier and art collector __who presented old master paintings and sculptures to the country__. His gift also included a building to house the new museum, to be constructed on the National Mall. Opened to the public in 1941, this grand building, __which is now called the West building__, was at the time the largest marble structure in the world.
The newly created National Gallery soon attracted similar gifts from hundreds of other collectors. This tradition of generosity continues to this day with gifts from private donors and artists __who are willing to share their possessions with the public__.
The gallery’s East building contains the collection of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, __as well as an advanced research centre and an art library__. The East and West buildings are connected by an underground tunnel with a moving walkway.
The National Gallery enjoys federal support, __as well as partnership with private organizations__, to fulfill its mission to exhibit and interpret great works of European and American art in the nation’s collection. Since its founding, federal funds have fostered the protection and care of the art collection and have supported the gallery’s work, ensuring __that the gallery is open daily and free of charge__. Private funding helped to create a renowned collection of works of art and to construct the two landmark buildings. Private support makes possible to arrange a changing programme of special exhibitions.