My kinda place. I wish I had started earlier in the day and had more time to just absorb. Sargent's Spanish Dancer is here along with 5 or 6 others. Famous works by Thayer, Cassatt, Stuart and so many more. There is a Tiffany, I did not know he painted. There is an original of Queen Elizabeth I from 1558. Famous paintings of John Adams, Ben Franklin, Jefferson, Lee, Washington as well as lesser known works of Lincoln and his generals.
Sargent stood out. When his technical prowess is discussed, the reality is lost without direct comparison. In a museum setting, it is readily apparent. But newsflash .... he blended a lot. His drapery and backgrounds are all loose, and he certainly did not paint faces like Peale or Reid, but check the face on the Spanish dancer. I was struck by how much was displayed which did not appear in any way remarkable as an artwork. Are they just old enough? Was the subject important enough in his time? And forgive me, the modern section was completely forgettable. I see better art on this site every day.