VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Ancient -- Notes:
Bruce Guthrie Photos Home Page: [Click here] to go to Bruce Guthrie Photos home page.
Recognize anyone? If you recognize specific people (or other things) in the pictures which I haven't labeled, please identify them for the world. Or fill in any other descriptions you can. Click the little pencil icon underneath the file name (just above the picture). Spammers need not apply.
Slide Show: Want to see the pictures as a slide show?
Copyrights: All pictures were taken by Bruce Guthrie who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the Creative Commons definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. If asked for permission in advance, I'll usually waive the non-commercial clause unless it's for people trying to sell the photos. A free copy of any printed publication using the photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from official signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Limiting Text: You can turn off all of this text by clicking this link:
AAA "Gem": AAA considers this location to be a "must see" point of interest. To see pictures of other areas that AAA considers to be Gems, click here.
Various Signs: American Art -- Mid-Twentieth Century:
The devastating stock market crash of 1929 ushered in a wave of socioeconomic crises that dramatically shaped American culture. Overwhelmed by poverty and unemployment, American artists turned inward, committing themselves to creating a home-grown "art for the people." Many adopted a realistic style and treated regional subjects as a means of exploring the unimPORT 216,15,33,197,134,119
continued to favor an international language of abstraction to express modern truths and utopian visions.
Founded in 1936 in the depths of the Great Depression, the state-owned Virginia Museum of Fin Arts enthusiastically embraced the nationalist call for a vital cultural scene. Many of the objects on view in this gallery, purchased directly from the museum's biennial exhibitions in contemporary American painting (called "the South's most heralded competition"), offer glimpses of institutional taste. In the post-World War II era, the two constants of figuration and realism continued to shape American production and reception. Nevertheless controversial exhibitions and purchases marked VMFA's increasing alignment with progressive national forces that favored nonrepresentational imagery. By the late 1950s, abstraction -- in its myriad variations -- was widely heralded at home and abroad as a dynamic "American" art.
European Art -- The Grand Manner: History Painting in Seventeenth-Century Europe:
History painting was a technical term used in the past to describe great and difficult subjects -- from the Bible, mythology, and history itself -- that were considered by critics to draw upon the artist's deeper powers to represent action and emotion convincingly. Implicit in this definition was the claim that such history paintings were of a higher order than landscapes still lifes, and portraiture. These lower genres, it was argued, were of less important because artists only had to reproduce things they saw with their own eyes. Histor ...More...
Wikipedia Description: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Virginia Museum of Fine arts, or ‘’’VMFA’’’ is an art museum in Richmond, Virginia. It is one of the first museums in the American South to be operated by state funds.
The VMFA has its origins in a 1919 donation of 50 paintings to the Commonwealth of Virginia by Judge and prominent Virginian John Barton Payne. Payne, in collaboration with Virginia Governor John Garland Pollard and the Federal Works Projects Administration secured federal funding to augment state funding for the museum. The museum opened in 1936 on Richmond's Boulevard.
In 1947, the VMFA received a significant donations in the form of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of jeweled objects by Peter Carl Fabergé, including the largest public collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia. The Museum also received in 1947 the "T. Catesby Jones Collection of Modern Art". Further donations in the 1950’s came from Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams and from Arthur and Margaret Glasgow.
VMFA has made acquisitions with endowments provided by many private donors. The museum has assembled a wide-ranging collection of world art characterized by great breadth and critical aesthetic quality. It includes significant holdings of Classical art and African art; paintings by European masters such as Poussin, Goya, Delacroix and Monet, and American masters such as John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer; one of the world's leading collections of Indian and Himilayan art; an internationally important collection of fine English silver; holdings of Art Nouveau and Art Deco furniture, ceramics, glass and jewelry; a collection of Modern and Contemporary art; a collection of Fabergé imperial jeweled objects; and holdings of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including original waxes and bronzes by Edgar Degas.
In 2003, a year after its selection of London-based architect Rick Mather, VMFA unv ...More...
Bigger photos? To save space on the server, photos larger than 640x480 are not loaded for previous years. If you need the bigger sizes of selected photos, email me and I can email them back to you or I can re-load this page temporarily with the bigger versions restored.
Directly Related Pages: Other pages here that have content directly related to this one:
[Display ALL photos]
Same Subject: Click on this link to see coverage of items having the same subject:
2013 photos: So far, I'm mostly using my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.