Art In Depth

Explore these pages dedicated to VMFA art in depth!




The Museum Leaders in Training (M.Lit) program supports students ages 13-18 as they explore various museum professions. Students worked together, along with museum professionals, to develop these educational resources. The Art + Science microsite reveals ten conservation stories in VMFA's permanent collection!



In 1874, when the men and women who came to be known as the Impressionists first exhibited their work, their style of painting was considered shocking. Learn more about the Impressionists, their place in history, and their approach to art in this resource guide.


Ancient Writing

As early civilizations developed, societies became more complicated. Record keeping and communication demanded something beyond symbols and pictures to represent the spoken word. This gallery explores the early writing systems of four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica.


George Catlin

Learn more about artist George Catlin and his works. Reference topics including: Who was George Catlin?, Native Americans and Westward Expansion, Mythology of the American West, Artist Timeline, Catlin’s Creed, and Web Resources.


Septimius Severus

In 1967 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired a monumental statue of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus. The statue had once belonged to the famous 17th-century Italian collector Vincenzo Giustiniani (1564–1637), who displayed it with his extensive collection of ancient art.