A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

On the Beach, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1868, Edouard Manet (French), oil on canvas. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

The Google Art Project Helps VMFA Share its Collection with Virginia . . . and the World

Sadly, some people will never have the opportunity to walk inside an art museum, but that limitation shouldn’t prevent them from experiencing and learning about art. To make the treasures in our collection accessible beyond the museum’s four walls, VMFA has launched ARTshare, an ambitious multi-year digital outreach initiative. Part of that initiative is the…

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) Flowers in a Crystal Vase, ca. 1882, oil on canvas, 127/8 × 95/8 in. National Gallery
of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ― Oscar Wilde  “The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the mind.” ― Luther Burbank “In joy or sadness flowers…

Megan Barber

Exploring Richmond Tattoo

A heavily inked and pierced mom arrived early, before anyone else, and waited patiently with her young son while the photographer set up his camera and lights. Getting her first tattoo at 18, the woman had built up quite a collection of body art since then, her favorite being the intricate roses and spider webs…

Tattoo by Miyazo. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

Serious about Tattoos in “The New York Times”

Excerpted from “Tattoo History, Antique Typewriters and Letting Go at the Toledo Museum” in the May 21st issue of The New York Times. Tattoos, particularly the modern iterations of the form, keep rising in esteem among historians, curators and collectors. An exhibition of Japanese tattooing traditions opens next Friday at the Virginia Museum of Fine…

The Spoils of Marriage, 2014
Pam Sutherland (American, born 1966),
Mixed Media on Paper
Collection of the Artist

Fellowship Recipients’ Exhibitions Go Statewide

Since 2009, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has displayed the work of Visual Arts Fellowship recipients on the museum’s campus, as well as at Richmond International Airport. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the VMFA Fellowship program this year, VMFA is expanding the exposure of this artwork across the Commonwealth with the opening…

Restoration of the Great Stupa at Svayambhunatha, Nepalese, 1565, opaque watercolor on cotton. Robert A. and Ruth W. Fisher Fund.

A Hopeful Picture for Nepal

VMFA is fortunate to have in its holdings many treasures from Nepal. As the people of that mountainous country continue the long process of recovery and rebuilding, perhaps one painting in particular, currently on view in the South Asian Art Galleries, provides a picture of hope. The focus of this painting is the Great Stupa…

Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern, 2014, Fiona Ross (American, born 1965), acrylic on Yupo
Courtesy of Page Bond Gallery

Fiona Ross’s Fellowship Dollars Paid for More than Materials Alone

Painter Fiona Ross spent the Fellowship money she was awarded in 2005 on a variety of things to further her work, including travel, materials, and improvements to her studio. But the most valuable use of those dollars was buying time to focus on her art. “Short term, I was able to teach one less class…