Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Our Visit to Fabergé Revealed at the VMFA

Mac and I visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) yesterday, eager to see the new Fabergé Revealed exhibit.  After a relaxing lunch at Amuse, the museum's chic restaurant overlooking the sculpture garden, we purchased our tickets ($15 for adults) and entered the exhibition.  At the entrance was a stunning display of the Luxembourg Diamond Tiara, a diamond, gold, and platinum piece containing diamonds given to Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon I.

Inside, the exhibit showcased the various types of works produced by Carl Fabergé, whose production was organized into separate workshops, independently run by master craftsmen, each specializing in a different type of product.  With over 500 items on display, the space was separated into a number of rooms, each full of Fabergé works.  In the center of each room were the exhibits' most famous items, the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs.  Each of the eggs is an unparalleled work of art, but we were particularly impressed with the Nobel Ice egg, a simple and ethereal piece made of rock crystal, diamond, gold, and enamel, and with the Imperial Rock Crystal Egg with its rotating miniature portraits inside.

The other works displayed included walking stick handles, small jewelry, picture frames, cigarette boxes, and floral art.  Many of these pieces were extraordinarily ornate, reflecting the opulent tastes of the Russian imperial family and the wealthy families of Europe.  Many others, however, were powerful in their simple elegance.

Fabergé produced many types of art-- even, to the delight of Maury Place at Monument inn dogs, small statuettes of animals! Chico and Lucy are now Fabergé fans.

Fabergé Revealed is an unforgettable collection of art, displayed in a wonderful way by the VMFA.  The exhibit runs July 9 through October 2, 2011.  Maury Place at Monument, located in Richmond VA's Museum District and walking distance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is offering a lodging special for ticket holders to the exhibit.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond VA Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument