An excellent survey collection, VMFA’s European art holdings include objects dating from the early medieval period to the mid-20th century. The part of the collection housed in these Baroque galleries includes art from the 17th century, a period when European art evolved quickly in reaction to both the artistic movement called mannerism and in reaction to the Reformation.
Click on the image for a virtual view of VMFA’s Baroque Galleries. Here you can get an idea of the kinds of objects on display in the museum. When you come to the museum you will be visiting this gallery exploring just a few of these objects.
As you take a look around consider:
Yes! There are examples of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts made by European artists working in the 17th Century. By caring for and studying these objects in museums like VMFA, we are able to connect with artists, consider how they understood the world around them, and explore how they visually shared stories and ideas with one another.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a scholar or an art specialist to take a closer look and begin exploring. All you need is a little bit of time and some curiosity!
Use these simple steps to take a closer look at this painting:
This painting is… (you can write anything— a single word, a full thought, even a question).
Now I think this painting is… (elaborate on your first idea).
The artist seems interested in…
Now you’ve looked at this painting for at least 30 seconds. Look at your list of sentences. You’ve just connected with an artwork made over 300 years ago! Click on the image to find out more about this object. What are you still curious about? What other ideas do you have?