Friday, August 3, 2012

Art Tour Series, Part V: Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Now you KNOW I love decorating, but I also have to be true to myself and take to my artistic roots and get a dose of real, genuine, historical art from time to time! I might lose some of you for a bit, and I know Bethany is not as enthralled with art museums as I am, so bear with me.

I have had the pleasure of discovering this jewel of an art museum when my son lived in Richmond this past year.  The Virginia Museum of Fine Art is such a beautifully lit and open space, both modern and traditional, with a beautiful outdoor water feature and garden.

  A little history.....

The Virginia Museum of Fine Art was built in 1936 during the Great Depression as an act of faith in the future and in the value of art. The English Renaissance building was designed by Norfolk architects
Peebles and Ferguson and was the Commonwealth's flagship museum and began with a collection of 50 paintings donated by Judge John Payne. There were additions to the space in 1954,1970 and 1976 to house the growing collections and endowments.  The museum houses one of the world's largest Indian and Himalayan Art Collections, as well as collections of English Silver, Art Nouveau and Art Deco furnishings, glass and jewelry and an extensive Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection.  There is ample Modern and Contemporary art, which is among a favorite of mine.

    Here is a walk through the galleries:

Ah, I feel better now.  Thanks for letting me indulge.  Any of our Richmond blogging friends frequent the VMFA?  This is definitely one to take in if you are in downtown Richmond, VA.

(I'd have to say my kids are my favorite work of art!)


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  1. I love art museums too but I am sad to say that I have not been to one in years. No one ever wants to go with me. We'll have to arrange a field trip.

  2. Thank you for the tour ... I try to get to the museums when I can ... my older girls love the Met in NYC so we do take day trips every now and then (okay, maybe once a year!) And I will say that I have always agreed that my children's art is my absolute favorite!

  3. I try to visit the new collections at our local museum a couple times a year! I love the art museum (well any museum really).

  4. Oh my gosh, I would be in heaven here. Is there a better place to get lost than in a museum or theater? I think not.
    Beautiful museum, Nancy. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Friday.

  5. I love going to the Denver Art Museum every once in awhile, but probably buzz through at Bethany's pace! :) Enjoy the weekend!

    1. So true Pam! I just wanna walk by it and look and onto the next. :)

  6. Great photos, Nanc! Please, please, please consider a trip to visit this museum with me sometime?! I've never been, and of course, I always like to view art with someone as enthused as me, otherwise the whole experience seems rushed. My mom and I would spend hours in the Milwaukee Art Museum, trying to dodge security just to get as close as possible to roped off special exhibits. :) :)

  7. Lovely! I just came back from L.A. and visited the Getty Museum, it is gorgeous as well, I wish I could've spent more time there. I'll be posting about it in my blog soon. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely go and visit if I'm around that area. :-)

    1. Vel, I would love to see a Getty Museum! Can't wait to read about it.


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