Earlier this month, the South Boston-Halifax County Museum said a fond farewell to its first travelling art exhibition of 2019 sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Now museum curator Jennifer Bryant invites the public to come view a new collection that has come to town in its place.
Through Aug. 17, the museum will take a look at some of the many changes taking place around the world at the time Jamestown was founded and how Jamestown was depicted in art form.
From portraits of Pocohontas and Sir Thomas Dale to “The Puritan,” the travelling exhibit Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607 is a fascinating educational exhibition that examines how the new colony in Virginia fit into the cultural, historical and geographical context of the day — and how the story of Jamestown has continued to inspire American artists.
Twelve reproductions of images from VMFA’s collection combine with explanatory text and an introductory panel to illustrate the connections between the struggling colony and the world of 1607.
At the dawn of the 17th century, exchanges of plants and animals were changing the diet of both of the world’s hemispheres. New diseases and technologies were crossing the Atlantic. Political and religious ideas and concepts were transforming societies. Economic fluctuations had worldwide effects, vast populations were relocated, and the first truly international wars were fought, Bryant said.
These critical developments are accentuated through images as diverse as a glittering Spanish ewer and basin, portraits of Sir Thomas Dale and Queen Anne of Denmark and the haunting image of Mount Fuji rising above the Musashino plain.
This exhibition also reveals how the legacy of Jamestown has continued to affect art and culture in the last 400 years through paintings by John Gadsby Chapman, Richard Norris Brooke, Thomas Hart Benton and a sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Jamestown and Beyond will be open to the public during the museum’s regular hours every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For more information, contact the museum at 434-572-9200 or by email at email@example.com.