Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring 2018 Trip: Day 37 - The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

We brave the busy streets of Richmond again to visit The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, or VMFA.

Inside we grabbed a map in order to find our exhibits. We needed to find the second floor Works On Paper section.

Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923) was a printmaker, illustrator, painter and sculptor, a jack of all trades in art. He especially had a kinship with cats, and here at the VMFA was a selection of his art devoted to felines.

It's really to bad that Steinlen couldn't see the Internet. With it's overload of cat photos and videos he would've loved it!

Next we walked up to the front to meet the guide for the Faberge exhibit. Surprisingy there were only the two of us when the guide were leading us up to the Tapestry Hall. But it wasn't long until a woman ran up asking if our guide was doing the tour. She then ran off to collect someone else, who turned out to be a bunch of other persons. Our personal tour had become a group of 10 now.

Surprising to me, Faberge was a manufacturer of not just the bejeweled eggs they became world renowned for, but also many other items that might not at first be thought of as glamourous. But the Faberge company added their own special attention and design, making even the most mundane things magical.

Check out this amazing drinking contrivance!

But soon the guide led us to a circular room with five podiums, each one containing a one-of-a-kind Faberge egg. Amazing to see one, let alone five of them all together.

Imperial Pelican Easter Egg, 1898

Imperial Peter the Great Egg, 1903

Imperial Rock Crystal Egg with Revolving Miniatures, 1896

Imperial Tsarevich Easter Egg, 1912

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg, 1915

After seeing these incredible items in person, we walked around the rest of the afternoon.

We even found a collection of Tiffany lamps.

But there was one more cat we wanted to see. Imagine our surprise when the jaguar we were looking for ended up being around five inches and not a large sculpture we were hoping for. Oh well!

All that walking around really made us hungry. Time to go to get some food from Swan Cleaners... I mean Wasabi Sushi & Hibachi.

I only feel bad we couldn't see the Terra Cotta Warriors that were at WMFA from 11/2017 to 3/2018. Luckily they had some for sale, probably not authentic.

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