The Ford’s post-White House desert getaway was a true reflection of their personalities—cozy, comfortable, efficient, and completely of the moment.
Once upon a time, exiting Presidents helicoptered off into the sunset bathed in a nostalgic glow of self-sacrifice and a well-deserved return to the private sector. Their dwellings in the US remain to be quite a mystery to the public.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan returned to their California ranch and ultimately a gracious but low-key 7,000 square foot home in Bel Air; George and Barbara Bush took refuge in a Houston condo along with their seaside family compound in Maine; and Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into a discreet Dutch colonial in New York, while Barack and Michele Obama bought a gracious Tudor-style manor house in Washington DC.
President Gerald and Betty Ford, accidental occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following the resignation of Richard Nixon, were the definition of low-key Midwesterners who brought their Ann Arbor candor and charm to the American people. Their White House was all about a national healing, followed by an open and honest baring of their souls as they demonstrated that they were.
Located on the 13th fairway of the lush Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, the sprawling Southern California midcentury desert getaway was designed in 1977 for the Fords by Welton Becket & Associates.
For the interiors, they engaged Beverly Hills decorator Laura Mako, a favorite of Hollywood luminaries Mako fulfilled the Fords’ request for a home that, while embracing the desert modern aesthetic, was also comfortable, colorful and, most importantly, happy.
Fast forward 35 years to 2012, the Ford family estate put the house on the market a year after Betty’s death. At that same time, two Los Angeles entertainment executives had commenced a search for a weekend getaway. They were immediately drawn to the Ford desert getaway’s pure, clean lines and gracious layout. The end result is hardly a time capsule, but a wistful reminder of another era’s stylistic expressions and defining values, updated for today’s lifestyle while still reflecting the gentle, post-Presidential journey of Gerald and Betty Ford.
Chaumet’s tiara showcase, weaves the tale of the extravagance and tragedies of history’s past.
This summer, over two centuries of regal extravagance are on display in the subterranean halls of Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum, where tales of love, intrigue, and imperial power are the subject of an exhibition titled “Chaumet in Majesty: Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780.”
Chaumet gathered 250 pieces of jewelry, paintings, and artifacts to tell the fascinating stories behind some of the ornaments that the Parisian house has produced since its founding in 1780, and the sovereigns who owned them.
“The principal focus of the show is women of power and the tiaras they wore as witnesses of their destinies,” said Jean-Marc Mansvelt, chief executive of Chaumet.
Tiaras are a specialty of Chaumet. Of the 50 splendid examples presented in the show, a few have vanished in the chaotic throes of history. Others, guarded in private collections until now, are shrouded in mystery. And some were simply remodeled. Whatever their historical trajectory, the tiaras’ restored magnificence is enhanced by the artistic scenography seen at Chaumet’s tiara showcase.
One of the more spectacular tiaras on view—the “Sun Tiara”—once belonged to Princess Irina Alexandrovna Romanova, a relative of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. Princess Irina was married to Felix Yusupov, whose exploits included plotting the murder of the court advisor, Rasputin. Before going into exile, the Yusupovs hid their jewels inside a wall of their home in Moscow when they fled the country after the Russian Revolution of 1917. In 1925, a museum employee stumbled upon the Yusupovs’ treasure trove. After they were found, they were declared state property, broken up, and sold off.
That is how the Sun Tiara disappeared, its delicate design on view for all to see in a 1914 photograph of the princess before all traces of its former splendor were lost. “The very nature of jewelry is such that it is transformable,” said Mansvelt, explaining that historic pieces are often altered or taken apart over time.
Much of that research was conducted by Chaumet’s team of curators, royal-history expert Stéphane Bern, and jewelry historian Christophe Vachaudez, who were able to secure loans for the show from 16 museums and some 50 private collections, including that of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the patron of the exhibition.
The show also explores various symbolic uses of the tiara throughout history, including as an instrument of political power by Joséphine and Marie Louise, the successive wives of Napoleon. But tiaras are not just relics of the past—many continue to be worn today by members of European aristocratic families. The “Diadème Art Deco,” from the “Grand Ducal” collection, is a strikingly modern piece. Worn as a headband featuring a stunning 45-carat central emerald, the tiara sits low on the forehead, and is still used today by the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
Other tiaras in the exhibition, meanwhile, have hazy and tortuous backstories that lend them an enigmatic air. The most valuable piece, for instance, was first commissioned around 1900 by Count Guido Henckel von Dennersmarck, a German aristocrat. Its 11 pear-shaped emeralds are believed to have once belonged to Empress Eugenie, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III, who was forced to sell her jewels when she went into exile. Today, the tiara and its mesmerizing emeralds belong to the royal family of Qatar.
Source: Artnet News
For some, the most expensive elements of their homes are rather underwater. Extraordinary home aquariums are now the trendiest additions to million-dollar-homes.
Home aquariums add a sense of relaxation to a living space. It’s an art piece, merging indoors and outdoors together to create a vibrant homescape.
For marine lovers, having a small tank with a few fish can really make a difference in the home. For those who are also billionaires, they prefer a stunning, usually quite large, home aquarium that can host the most exotic tropical fishes ever found. We’ve rounded up the world’s most extraordinary home aquariums that sure do have a wow factor.
Kolenik’s sensational kitchen island is a giant fish tank that resonates in blue lights. This dazzling addition to the kitchen is not only quite a view, but functional, with cabinets and drawers hidden on the back of the aquarium. To be exact, there’s also stoves and a sink embedded into the counter top, making it the ultimate kitchen gadget. Kolenik has integrated storage and asthetics seamlessly in this kitchen island design.
If an aquarium kitchen island is not large enough, an aquarium fence is determined to take your breath away. Spanning 50 meters around a home of a Turkish billionaire, this one of a kind fence has been a sensation in town, besides setting a new tourist attraction in Cesme. There are over 100 sea breams, eels and octopuses circling around the fence, which sometimes, attracts over 1,000 tourists per day. One thing we’re sure of, the owner will never go hungry.
A more modern, and less over the top option goes to Aquarium Architect’s Space-age aquarium. At 4 meters wide, the miniature aquatic center is sleek and impressively futuristic. The curved tank and dark backdrop adds contrast to the colors and life brought by the fish. The result is a striking wall feature that replaces a traditional art piece on the wall.
If a glass staircase doesn’t already add to a statement home, imagine adding a floor to ceiling home aquarium in the center of a spiraling glass staircase. BWNCY has designed a oceanarium design standard fish tank for a townhouse in London, UK. At two floors high, the aquarium has probably revolutionized the definition of a home aquarium to now, an home oceanarium.
The most extraordinary home aquariums on the list goes to RedFin Aquarium Design’s concept of an aquarium-encased dining area, fit for royalty. The circular aquarium featuring pristine blue waters and topical fishes could be a vibrant canvas for a watch-party during dinner. They say aquariums create a window to bring nature close to home and is a form of meditation, but we wonder how meditation would work along with dinner?
Source: Trend Talker
Global luxury brands continue to soar in sales revenue as new brands struggle to make a name on the market today. A new study by Deloitte places Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Estee Lauder into the top 10 brands. They aggregated about US$247 billion of revenue in 2017.
Big businesses know how to attract young consumers who are digital savvy and tend to prefer luxury materials. Here are the top 10 luxury brands across the globe:
LVMH, US$27.9 billion
Céline, Fendi, Dior, Givenchy, Zenith, Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy – they’re just some of the planet’s finest labels tucked under the French umbrella LVMH.
Estée Lauder Companies, US$13.6 billion
Founded by beauty pioneer Estée Lauder in 1946, the US business has soared to become one of the biggest cosmetics companies with La Mer, AERIN, Michael Kors and Jo Malone to its name.
Richemont, US$12.8 billion
The Switzerland-based luxury goods company home to Chloé, IWC Schaffhausen and Cartierrecorded 3.1% growth in sales.
Kering, US$12.1 billion
As the owner of the world’s most popular brand Gucci, according to Lyst index, it is little surprise the French group that owns Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Pomellato jumped a position on the previous year.
Luxottica Group, US$10.3 billion
The Milan-based eye wear company may have dropped one spot in ranking but it is still the largest business in the eye wear industry, home to brands including Prada, Burberry, Coach, Bulgari, Chanel, Ferrari, Tiffany & Co. and Versace.
Chanel Limited, US$9.6 billion
The UK subsidiary of Chanel S.A. was the only new entrant to the top 10 list, landing a spot in sixth place.
L’Orêal Luxe, US$9.5 billion
Sliding one position in ranking, the L’Oréal Group is known for brands including Viktor & Rolf, Kiehl’s and Lancôme.
Swatch Group, US$7.8 billion
Swatch, Longines, Omega and Tissot are among the labels owned by the international Swiss watch manufacturer.
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, US$7.5 billion
The privately owned Hong Kong business is a conglomeration of jewelry, property development, hotels, casinos, ports and department stores brands.
PVH Corp, US$7.3 billion
One of the world’s largest apparel companies responsible for Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and Calvin Klein may have dropped one position, but it still secured a spot in the top 10.
It turns out that money really can buy you anything, even a huge crystal bathtub.
The luxury Italian design company Baldi Home Jewels created these incredible opulent tubs that cost up to $1 million each. And they are headed for one of the most exclusive new property developments in the Middle East.
All of the precious stones used for the crystal bathtubs were sourced right from the Amazon rain forest in Brazil, from a 10 ton chunk of rock crystal. The raw material was then split and taken to Florence, Italy to be carved by hand over hundreds of back-breaking hours to create the smooth interior surface. Hardly the most ethical piece of home ware.
The super exclusive tubs come in three variations: green quartz; rock crystal; and rose quartz. There is something to suit even the fussiest of millionaires. Baldi has even created a one-off bath for the billionaire socialite Tamara Ecclestone, decorated with diamonds and gold taps.
With enough room for three people, the large shallow crystal bathtub designs measure six feet in length and stand at just two feet tall.
Crystal is known for being one of the most powerful healing stones. It is said to have energy-enhancing properties that can help with emotional trauma. It turns out it’s not just a glamorous accessory after all.
On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Dior Maison has collaborated with Dimore Studio on a 14-piece capsule collection including vases, trays, place settings, and frames, all beautifully crafted with the clear influence of contemporary design and cannage, the House of Dior’s iconic code. Dimore Studio, an architecture and interior design studio founded in Milan in 2003, is known for their expertise in furniture design, lighting, and textiles.
Entrusted with the task of creating a series of precious objects for the Dior Maison, they made sure not to disappoint. As the minds behind Dimore Studio, Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, put it, they have created objects that “are truly timeless, that transcend any particular era.” Beautifully interweaving sharp geometric forms within an array of metals (gold, silver, bronze) and Plexiglas, the line has managed to make even an umbrella stand drool-worthy. Topped off with luxurious silver-lead work and golden details, they truly are a sight to behold.
The collection—spanning vases, trays, a candelabra, a lighter and an ashtray, place-settings, frames, and an umbrella stand—is previewing from April 9th to 11th at the Casa degli Atellani in Milan. As for the matter of purchasing, the pieces will be available exclusively by special order for only a one-year period, Place your order while you can.
The world’s most magnificent perfume is up for grabs at USD 1.3m. We think it’s certainly one of a kind.
After all, how often do you come across a bottle of perfume worth that amount?
The Spirit of Dubai Parfums by Nabeel, an fragrance brand from the UAE unveiled Shumukh, the world’s most magnificent perfume.
Shumukh, translates to ‘deserving the highest’, is set with 3,571 sparkling diamonds (totalling 38.55 carats). Topaz, pearls, 18 karat gold and pure silver also top the piece. It showcases seven key elements: pearl diving, falconry, Arabian horses, roses, luxury, Arabian hospitality, and Dubai’s stature as a ‘city of the future’.
World’s Most Expensive Perfume From the Founder
Mr Asghar Adam Ali, Founder, Chairman and Master perfumer at Nabeel Perfumes Group of UAE designed and executed the perfume. Artisans and master craftsmen from Switzerland, Italy and France – including the recipients of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France also joined.
Shumukh is the only perfume to hold two Guinness World Record titles, including ‘Most diamonds set on a perfume bottle’, and ‘Tallest remote controlled (RC) fragrance spray product’. The perfume is customizable and offers the opportunity to have bespoke modifications incorporated. All diamonds and precious stones are accompanied by individual certificates of authenticity.
“With a history of passion for perfumery that has spanned 47 years and a keen eye for jewelry design, my dream was to bring to life a ‘history in the making’ concept with innovation at its core,” Mr Ali said. “My vision was not only to capture Dubai’s persona in one monumental piece of art. It is to create a fragrance that embodied the pinnacle of luxury in the world of perfumery.”
“Today, I am very proud of Shumukh. It is evocatively stunning and bespoke creation combing art, jewelry design and perfumery. It is concurrently also the holder of the highest number of Guinness World Records in the world of perfume industries”.
A rare painting recently discovered to be an original Leonardo da Vinci was sold for a record-pulverizing $450 million in New York Wednesday night.
“Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World),” which dates to around 1500, became the most expensive work of art ever auctioned after a furious bidding war at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center.
The piece is one of just 16 known surviving paintings by the Renaissance master, and was long thought to be by another artist. It was bought for a mere $90 about 60 years ago, and experts didn’t agree that it was an original Leonardo until 2011.
The artwork has been described as a hidden masterpiece plucked from obscurity.
“We came pretty close to losing it,” Alan Wintermute, a Christie’s vice president and specialist in Old Masters paintings, told The Post. “It’s so rare that anything this important reappears in the way it has, that you can’t help but be excited.”
The painting depicts Jesus Christ dressed in robes with one hand raised in a blessing and the other holding an orb that represents the Earth.
The winning bidder had not been identified as of late Wednesday night.
The highest previous price ever paid for a work of art was $179.4 million, for Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” in May 2015, also at Christie’s in Manhattan.
Other big-ticket items sold at auction in the last few years include an Amedeo Modigliani nude, which sold for $170, also in 2015, an Andy Warhol car-crash work for $105.4 million in 2013, and a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for $110.5 million in May.
In a private sale, the highest known price ever paid for any artwork is about $300 million, for Willem de Kooning’s “Interchange.” It was sold in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge-fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.
“Salvator Mundi” was sold for a paltry $90 in 1958 by descendants of a British collector who bought the painting in 1900, having no idea it was a Leonardo.
A consortium of art dealers paid less than $10,000 for the painting in 2005. It was then restored and scholars began to discuss whether it was an authentic Leonardo.
It was last sold in 2013, when Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought it for $127.5 million.
Some still doubt the work’s authenticity, claiming it is too boring to be a Leonardo masterpiece.
“Even making allowances for its extremely poor state of preservation, it is a curiously unimpressive composition and it is hard to believe that Leonardo himself was responsible for anything so dull,” said Charles Hope, a professor emeritus at the Warburg Institute at the University of London.
Source: New York Post
The sale of Untitled sets a new high for a work by a US artist and is the first work of art created since 1980 to sell for more than $100m. It lags behind the most expensive painting of all time, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? or When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin, which sold for a reported near-$300m in 2015. But nonetheless the purchase by a Japanese entrepreneur underlines the irrepressible lure of art to the wealthy.
Why has a Basquiat painting sold for such a large sum?
Japanese collector and online fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa, who bought the painting on Thursday night, is a big fan of the New York artist who died of a drug overdose in 1988 aged 27. A year ago, Maezawa snapped up a 1982 untitled work by Basquiat for $57.3m as part of a week-long $98m spending spree during which he also acquired works by Jeff Koons and Richard Prince.
Patrick van Maris, chief executive of The European Fine Art Fair (Tefaf), said the painting’s history was a big factor in the price.
“Basquiat happens to be a very popular artist and this one was fresh to the market. The owner got it from his parents in 1982 so it has not been on the market in decades.
“If you have a strong piece of art, with a strong provenance and it’s fresh to the market, these are the ingredients for objects to sell very well.”
The high price also reflects the fact that 20th-century art increasingly dominates the list of the world’s most expensive paintings, partly because such works are more likely to be available for sale – with classics such as the Mona Lisa unlikely to come on to the market. Only three of the top 10 most expensive paintings are pre-19th century, with most of the highest prices attached to works by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Gustav Klimt.
Where does the Basquiat rank in the record books?
The art market has been relatively free of eye-catching price tags since 2015, when a flurry of paintings were sold that commanded figures in the hundreds of millions.
The two most expensive paintings in history, sold privately in 2015, are Interchange by Dutch abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning and When Will You Marry?, one of the many Tahiti-inspired works by French artist Gauguin.
De Kooning’s work was bought by American hedge fund billionaire Kenneth C Griffin from the David Geffen Foundation, which previously sold him Jackson Pollock’s Number17A for $200m.
Gauguin’s work was sold by the family of deceased Swiss collector Rudolf Staechelin for “close to” $300m. It was bought for the state of Qatar by Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, sister of the emirate’s ruler.
How is the wider art market performing?
Global art sales slumped in 2016 as the number of sales above $10m halved from 160 to 80, according to the latest annual report by art database Artprice. The total raised at auction last year was $12.5bn, it said. That’s down 22% from $16.1bn in the bumper year of 2015, when six of the top 10 priciest works were sold.
Auctions staged in China made up 38% of the global value at about $4.8bn. In fact, China has topped the market in terms of sales value for the past seven years, with the exception of 2015 when it briefly lost its crown to the US. However, much of the Chinese market is made up of traditional calligraphy and Chinese painting that attracts less interest internationally.
The UK sits in third, partly due to the prestigious London auction houses owned by Sotheby’s and Christie’s among others.
Who is buying these multimillion dollar works?
The buyers vying for the most expensive works are: wealthy collectors from the US, Russia and the Middle East; states with deep pockets; or in some cases, museums. Gauguin’s record-breaking When Will You Marry? is one of several works in the top 10 most expensive to be bought by Qatar, including Paul Cezanne’s The Card Players.
Hedge fund billionaires also lurk among the big beasts in the market and seem to have a taste for De Kooning. Griffin’s $300m outlay on Interchange followed fellow investment guru Steven A Cohen shelling out $137.5m for De Kooning’s Woman III. Both were bought from US businessman and philanthropist David Geffen.
Van Maris said the location of buyers tends to reflect broader economic trends.
“Where there is wealth accumulation, you’ll see a few people get very rich and when people get rich they like to start building their collections.
“At the end of the 20th century the Russians were strong, now the Chinese, the Middle East and the Japanese.”
The record for a museum purchase was set in 2015, when Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Louvre in Paris each stumped up half of the €160m (£137m) price for Rembrandt’s Pendant portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, which they share.
Source: The Guardian
In the art capitals of the world, art is everywhere – not only in the famous galleries and churches, but even in the most unexpected places. Turn the corner in Rome to discover a shrine high in the wall, or a colourful mural under a bridge. If you’re visiting a city for the first time, however, the galleries are a good place to start. Smaller galleries offer the perfect introduction to the city’s artistic heritage, while the huge collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery in London showcase the art history of the world, all under one roof.
Whether you prefer pop art or classical sculptures, you’ll find something that inspires you in all of these cities.
1. New York
The Metropolitan Museum alone makes New York unmissable for anyone remotely interested in art and culture. You could spend a lifetime exploring the galleries, which contain more than two million works of art, from Rembrandts to African masks. Then there are the unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters, old masters at the Frick Collection, surrealist sculptures at the Guggenheim, Warhol at MoMA…Once you’ve visited the main museums, there are countless smaller galleries to explore, such as the Rubin Museum, with its beautiful Tibetan Buddhist shrine room.
If you love Renaissance art, make sure you take a trip to Florence. An Uffizi walking tour will help you to make the most of your visit, as the gallery can seem overwhelming for first-time visitors. There’s so much to see, including masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. Visit the Accademia to see the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s David, or the Bargello for its incredible collection of Renaissance sculptures.
Fortify yourself with coffee and apple strudel at a traditional Viennese café, such as the beautiful Café Sperl, and then spend a day discovering all the art Vienna has to offer. Of course you’ll need more than a day to do it justice, but you can start with the Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum), with its extensive collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. The Belvedere has paintings from the Art Nouveau and Fin de Siècle, with works by Egon Schiele and the world’s largest collection of Klimt paintings, including The Kiss. For more contemporary art, explore the Museumsquartier, home to the diverse collection of the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
The amazing thing about London’s galleries is that so many of them are completely free. You’ll find many of the most famous paintings in the world in the National Gallery, where every room is filled with masterpieces. A walk along the South Bank takes you to the Tate Modern, formerly a power station. The permanent collection is free to visit, but you’ll have to pay for the special exhibitions, which tend to focus on a particular artist (Gaugin) or movement (pop art). The Tate Britain is the place to go for pre-Raphaelite art and paintings by Turner and Constable. For French art, furniture and armour, displayed in one of the grandest houses in London, visit the Wallace Collection. And don’t miss the V&A. For sheer variety, it can’t be beaten, as you’ll find Buddhas, medieval reliquaries, Middle Eastern ceramics, Elizabeth I’s jewellery, and costumes belonging to actors and singers. The V&A café is also a work of art in itself.
When you think of Istanbul, you probably think of the Hagia Sophia, with its minarets and stunning mosaics. But as well as historic monuments, Istanbul is also home to a thriving modern art scene, with exhibition spaces located in palaces, warehouses, converted garages, power stations, and even a bank. Istanbul Modern should be first on your list if you’re interested in contemporary Turkish art, but smaller galleries like Galeri Nev and Mixer are also worth a visit.
The centre of Rome resembles an open air museum, as it’s filled with obelisks, arches, baroque fountains, and the ruins of ancient palaces and temples. The churches alone have a wealth of art, such as the Caravaggio paintings in San Luigi dei Francesi, but you won’t want to miss the main museums and galleries. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums, where highlights include famous statues like Laocoon and the Apollo Belvedere, the magnificent collection of paintings in the Pinacoteca, and, of course, the spectacular ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The Galleria Borghese is a more manageable size, and is also full of masterpieces by artists such as Bernini and Raphael. If you’re more into ancient art, visit the Capitoline Museums or the underrated Centrale Montemartini, which has a striking display of Roman sculptures in a converted power plant. Almost equally underrated is Palazzo Massimo, best known for its statues and mosaics. The highlight is a room from the villa of Livia, decorated with sublime frescoes that transform the walls into a garden.
Kyoto has the best of both traditional and contemporary art. For more traditional art, check out the special exhibitions at the Kyoto National Museum or the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. The contemporary art scene in Japan is no longer dominated by Tokyo, and if you want to see the best of modern Japanese art in Kyoto, you’re spoilt for choice. Visit the Imura Art Gallery or En Arts, or explore the Teramichi Shopping Arcade to find smaller galleries. Comic enthusiasts also come to Kyoto for the International Manga Museum, a cross between a museum and a library.
Berlin loves the arts so much that it even has an island of museums, the Museumsinsel, where you’ll find Byzantine art, French impressionist paintings, and an impressively diverse collection of sculptures in the Bode Museum. The city is paradise for lovers of contemporary art too, with countless modern art galleries and amazing street art. Berlin has become a magnet for talented young artists, so keep your eye out for regular art fairs and festivals, and see if you can spot the next big thing.
9. Washington DC
It seems appropriate that the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci on display in the Western hemisphere (Ginevra de’ Benci) is in Washington D.C. For art and culture, D.C. is one of the best cities in the United States, and the National Gallery of Art is a good place to start. As well as the portrait by Da Vinci, there are masterpieces by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and countless others. You can find amazing art from around the world in the Smithsonian Museums, while the Hirshhorn Museum has one of the best collections of modern art in the United States.
The Louvre is the second most visited art gallery in the world, and could easily keep you busy for several days. Marvel at the Mona Lisa, but make sure you look beyond Europe, as the Louvre also has an excellent collection of Egyptian and Middle Eastern art. For impressionist art, the Musée d’Orsay is unbeatable, while modern art lovers should head to the Pompidou. It’s also worth exploring the smaller galleries, such as the Musée Gustave Moreau. This gem of of a museum displays the dreamy paintings of the Symbolist painter Moreau, and also has one of the most beautiful staircases in the world.
Source: Luxury Travel Blog