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Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-07-07 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - A Colt From Bijan
Not many Rodeo Drive retailers offer firearms, but the House of Bijan in Beverly Hills has sold some deluxe pieces over the years. Our GOTD, a Colt Detective Special revolver is one of a group of deluxe examples that featured the finest of bluing with golden ...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-07-06 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Side-by-Side From Brown
Our GOTD is marked as #2, but unfortunately, #1 is not represented in our collection. Despite that small failing, this fine David McKay Brown side-by-side with 28 inch barrels features nice traditional scroll engraving with a straight grip stoc...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-07-04 13:02

GUN OF THE DAY - Barrett Sniper Rifle
For a GOTD worthy of Independence Day, we decided to go big and this big-bore semi-automatic rifle was chosen during Desert Storm as the US Marine Corps new sniper and anti-material rifle. Its detachable magazine could hold ten rounds, although a special ...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-07-02 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Revolutionary Muskets
Two hundred and forty-two years ago, our nation was nearing the signing of a document that moved us forever away from being colonies towards an independent nation. Flintlock muskets like our two GOTDs were the standard longarm for soldiers on both the loya...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-30 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Engraved Renato Gamba Pistol
Our engraved GOTD is an improved and enlargened version of the double-action Mauser HSc pistol popular during WWII. While the earlier German product was an eight-shot handgun, the Italian-made version offered twelve round capacity, but with the d...

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-27 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Target Pistol From Russia
Behind the Iron Curtain, competitive shooters once relied on free pistols like our GOTD. Exported by Vostok, this Russian MU-55 pistol was a pattern utilized in past Olympic competition. About 2,775 examples were manufactured and finding a cased...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist:

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: