NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART (Smithsonian Institution, $39.95).
This comprehensive look at the art and artists of the world’s leading repository of American art–the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art–is presented in a CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows. More than 750 objects from the museum’s permanent collection are featured, together with commentary by curatorial staff and some of the artists themselves. In a guided tour of the museum, its director, Elizabeth Broun, introduces 13 of her favorite artworks from the collection. Featured artists include Cecilia Beaux(1855-1942), Mary Cassatt (1845-1926), Thomas Cole (1801-48), Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), and Andrew Wyeth(1917- ). Also offered are an artwork catalog, a library, a time line, and an extensive history of the museum.