Best Of Birmingham – Birmingham Museum of Art

I had the opportunity to visit one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets the other day. The Birmingham Museum of Art. According to the museums website:

The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 24,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring the Museum’s extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art.

I was impressed to view the Andy Warhol & Cars: American Icons exhibition of art. This collection of line drawings and art depicting his signature silk screening process.

Does everyone remember Lee Iaccoca?
How wonderful to have been immortalized by Any Warhol

This museum has a wonderful collection of European and Italian art
from the 15th, 16th, & 17th centuries

Madonna with the Christ Child and infant St. John the Baptist and three angels Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italy, (1449 – 1494), about 1485/1500

Hagar & Ishmael Saved By An Angel – 1727/1728 – Sebastiano Ricci

The museum also has a splendid collection of English & European portraits

Striking portrait of King George III – By William Buchy – Painted in 1761

Vivid colors on this “Still Life Dahalias Pineapples and Grapes” – Johan Laurentz Jensen – Painted in 1835

The museums best kept secret is its collection of Wedgwood. Boasting over 1,400 pieces. Is the largest collection of its kind in the US. It was bequeathed to the museum by the prominent Beeson family of Birmingham

“Bacchanalian Boys at Play” – 1880 – Jasper
Solid Blue ground with white relief

If you visit this museum for no other reason, come see this exquisite collection of Wedgwood. Of course, this only scratches the surface of what is housed in the wonderful museum.

Admission to the museum if FREE!

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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to Best Of Birmingham – Birmingham Museum of Art

  1. susanbernier says:

    Hi Chris,
    Wow! beautiful…..Thank you for sharing your tour with us. It is amazing what is out there for us to explore. You made my day!


  2. deborahelliott says:

    It has been years since I visited Bhm’s Museum of Art. I always loved the ceramics best. Time for another visit!


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