For one of the most impressive displays of fine art in the South, make sure you visit the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The New Orleans Museum of Art opened in 1911 as a humble collection of only nine pieces. Today, the huge building houses and displays over 40,000 pieces of art, sculptures and exhibits from around the world.
Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Curator of Asian Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, talked about the beginning.
“The New Orleans Museum of Art was founded in 1910 with a gift of $100,000 from the philanthropist Isaac Delgado,” she says.
Although the NOMA features many pieces, Lisa thinks there is a clear standout.
“Certainly, many people associate the museum with an extraordinary portrait of Marie Antoinette,” she says. “It has an extraordinary carved frame.”
The exhibit also features a chair by the French wood carver and furniture designer, Nicolas Heurtaut.
Each exhibit flows into another with rooms dedicated to the likes of Renaissance Art, Italian Baroque, Dutch and Flemish, African, First Americans and much more. Lisa talked about the importance of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
“The museum is important to the city and to the country,” she says. “We present extraordinary works of art and great exhibitions that allow the public to encounter art in a new way and a different way.”
The New Orleans Museum of Art is a triumph of art itself. The foyer features grand, fluted columns with a huge staircase, all of which are brilliantly painted white.
And if the weather is nice, make sure you stop by the Sculpture Gardens. The Sculpture Gardens feature serene walkways that thread through the gardens. Each sculpture is as unique as it is beautiful.
Discover what awaits at the New Orleans Museum of Art.