Art and Artifice
ARCHIVE PAGE 31 - Summer 2019
Walt Kuhn - Salute, 1934
Oil on Canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Gaston LaChaise "Standing Woman" aka "Elevation" at the VMFA
John Anster Christian Fitzgerald (aka "Fairy Fitzgerald")
"Queen Titania and Nick Bottom" also known as
"Scene from Midsummer-Night’s Dream" 1860’s
Photo ERIK WEEMS
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The museum exhibit noted that Fitzgerald used gilded twig framing for his faery paintings, a reference to tales in which faeries use bird nests.
Inside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Food sculpture - Donut Sprinkles and Chocolate Glaze, Richmond VA
Rose carved memorial stone at St. John Church
More of the Dengre carved stone
Painting by Francois Gerald, 1805. Photographed at the traveling Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit, 2018.
"A study in iconography" is how this piece is described, but there is also the basic image of a man adorned in the royal fashion of 1805. Not only is the outfit (and presentation by the artist) meant for the inspection of the French, but for the inspection of a particular fan club of royalty and "royalists," that is to say, Napoleon's attempted transformation from a Corsican-born professional artilleryman in the French army into a sovereign leader in Europe (and the world) was in mid-program. It worked for awhile, then came exile to Elba, then Waterloo, then imprisonment on St. Helena, and finally death by stomach cancer.
[Below] From the Napoleon Exhibit
Hanging with Napoleon
A model dressed as a Napoleon (in military Marshal attire) mixing it up with the tourists at the VMFA Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit, Richmond, Virginia.
Two Hide Dress
"Nez Perce" garment. Dated before 1880, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
From The Horse in Ancient Greek Art exhibit, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, May 2018
Hunting in the Pontine Marshes, 1833 - Art by Horace Vernet
Original Page July 2019