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Caligula Losing His Head

Caligula loses his head

Nearly two-thousand years after his brutal assassination by members of his own bodyguard, Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (popularly known as “Caligula”) has lost his head yet again in an operation performed over the course of several months at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The operation was performed on a full-length marble statue…

Maiorana, Marc

VMFA 2013 Fellowship Awards

Marking the highest number of applicants in the program’s history! The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts awarded 28 fellowships to Virginia art students and professional artists in 2013-14 for a total of $168,000. VMFA received 771 applications for the 2013-14 cycle, the highest number since the program’s inception. During the Fellowship Program’s 73 years, the…

child painting

Jazz Family Day

This Saturday VMFA will host a a free, upbeat celebration of African and African American Art with Jazz, Big Band Swing, West African Drumming, and collaborative performances of Jazz chorale and step dancing. Join the Richmond Jazz Society’s Make Music With Me Band at 1:15pm, then watch a collaborative performance with Richmond CenterStage, area schools,…

Ethopian Radiance cross

Celebrating African American history

On this important day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and the inauguration of Barack Obama, VMFA offers some important programs to add to your calendar: Radiance from Ancient Heights: Ethiopia’s Sacred Art in Context with Richard Woodward on Jan. 24. A vibrant outpouring of art and architecture has supported the continuity of the Ethiopian church,…

H. Hobart Cornell

Into the Mystic: Heart of Glass with Paul Marioni

Heart of Glass, to be shown this Friday, Jan 11, 6:30 – 9PM, at VMFA, is arguably Herzog’s most intriguingly eccentric motion picture and that takes into consideration his oeuvre that is packed with exzentrischen Kino.  Made in 1976, when Herzog was at his risky apex exploring the potential of feature-length narrative, the film’s extremes…

Marian Anderson

VMFA’s newest acquisition

Ladies and gentlemen, meet our newest acquisition. This painting by Beauford Delaney was approved by the VMFA Board and Art Acquisitions committee yesterday. It has been on loan to VMFA for the past five months, but is now a part of the permanent American collection. Beauford Delaney painted this iconic portrait of the acclaimed American…

Arch of Titus

In honor of Hanukkah

Though he was born near Venice, Giovanni Battista Piranesi is rightly most often associated with ancient Rome, whose glories he depicted in a series of etchings and engravings. Piranesi’s work as printmaker was multifarious. He produced both real views and imagined views (Capricci). Of the latter, the most famous are the Prisons (Carceri,1749-50), hallucinatory views…

Glass blowing

The magic of glass blowing

There was a chill in the November air but the furnaces glowed red-hot at Ryan Gothrup’s mobile hot-glass studio in VMFA’s Robins Sculpture Garden. As an intrigued crowd gathered ‘round, Gothrup, an adjunct professor of glass at Tidewater Community College, demonstrated how twirling a molten glob of glass at the end of rod can be…

Lawrence

VMFA Blog: Politics with a side of art

As this highly charged election season nears its end, a quietly reflective look at some topical and historical American art currently on view in VMFA’s galleries seems in order. This 1856 print after George Caleb Bingham’s Stump Speaking is a great place to begin. The image may be understood as a personal expression of the…