America's Collection: The Art and Architecture of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State

The first volume in more than 20 years tells a new and modern story of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, one of the top collections of American fine and decorative arts in existence.

The art of United States diplomacy has been conducted over more than two centuries with figures from all over the world, in peacetime and in conflict, in the rarified environment of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State. Tucked inside the modern Truman Building in the center of Washington, D.C., lies this special suite of rooms transformed by four renowned architects—gems of classical architecture brimming with exceptional American art and artifacts that tell the story of the nation’s founding and represent the singular ideals of the American character.

Housing one of the finest collections in the world, second only to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Winterthur, these rooms display more than 5,000 objects, including paintings by John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart; silver and porcelain owned by George Washington and other presidents; fine furniture; maps and documents; prints and drawings, not to mention the very desk the Treaty of Paris was signed on. All-new photography and scholarly essays capture the history of the rooms and explore more than 150 examples of the extraordinary American art that animates the exquisite spaces.

About The Author

Virginia Hart is director and curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms and Bri Brophy is deputy chief curator. The Honorable John F. Kerry is U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and former U.S. Secretary of State. Allan Greenberg is an architect and author. Mark Alan Hewitt is an architect and architectural historian. Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning author.

  • Publish Date: September 05, 2023
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Permanent Collections
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 352
  • US Price: $100.00
  • CDN Price: $135.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7327-2

Author Bookshelf: Allan Greenberg