Today was a well-deserved day away from work and school. My daughter and I are both on Spring Break this week, something that doesn’t always coincide on our academic schedules. But, this year our days off overlap, so we have planned a series of day trips and outings to local favorite places. Today, it was the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
As we walked in, my daughter said, “Do you want to visit your favorite paintings?”
I laughed, because I do have a series of artworks that I visit as if a favorite friend or relation. We often visit the VMFA for special exhibits, too. But, proximity to inspirational works of art feeds my soul, and I needed that nourishment today. Art speaks to me in a way that words cannot.
In that spirit, I offer a virtual tour of just a few of my favorite Lenten themed, soul-nourishing works of art from the VMFA’s permanent collection, freshly visited today. Enjoy the virtual proximity:
Edward M. Bannister, Moonlight Marine (1885)
Luis Berrueco, Virgin of Guadalupe (mid 18th Century)
Frederick Childe Hassam, Moonlight, New England Coast (1907)
Crucifixion, ca. 1500 (stained glass with leading)