Coffee with the Curator Romantic Bronzes

Join the NSLM for Coffee with the Curator featuring Dr. Sylvain Cordier, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art to learn about the upcoming Museum Exhibition, Romantic Bronzes. The exhibition showcases more than 30 extraordinary works by the 19th-century French sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye that Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair Jr. generously donated to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) over the past 20 years. It is both a celebration of this special donation and an invitation to learn about the various motivations and techniques involved in the art of bronze casting in the age of Romanticism.

Antoine-Louis Barye is among the most original artists to emerge from the Romantic movement in France, and today he is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the period.

“What distinguishes Barye’s bronzes from those of the majority of his contemporaries is the predominance of the animal figures that enliven his subjects and convey diverse extremes of passion capable of moving his audience.” – Dr. Cordier

Coffee and refreshments will be available from 10am and the tour will begin at 10:30am.


$5 admission, free to NSLM members.


This program is available both in-person and virtually through Facebook Live.


Coffee provided by Middleburg Common Grounds.

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