Under a plan announced Feb. 19, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington’s oldest private art museum, and its venerable college of art and design will cease to exist as an independent institution. Its components — artwork, landmark building and school — will be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.
July 12, 2012 “The Sons of God Saw the Daughters of Men That They Were Fair,” a 1923 marble sculpture by Daniel Chester French, greets museumgoers on the grand staircase of the Corcoran Gallery of Art building, on 17th Street NW in Washington. The museum’s art collection, which will go under the direction of the National Galllery of Art, is worth an estimated $2 billion. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo