Faberge Revealed Imagine decorating your home and buying gifts with absolutely no concern about cost. Thats what life was like for the imperial family of Russia in the years before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. They were rich and werent afraid to flaunt their wealth - a position that might not have been so wise in retrospect. They favored objects that were lavish, often made of gold and typically dripping in diamonds and other jewels. Exquisite details and workmanship were expected. Perhaps most famous were the Easter eggs created for the royal family by Karl Faberge and now worth millions of dollars each. Six of those eggs, along with hundreds of other objects, are on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through Oct. 2 as part of the "Faberge Revealed" exhibit. One highlight is the Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg (pictured), commissioned in 1903 to mark the bicentennial of St. Petersburg. It is made of just about every precious material imaginable, including gold, platinum, diamonds and rubies, and contains a miniature statue of a man on horseback, which emerges from the bottom half of the egg when it is opened. "Faberge Revealed" runs through Oct. 2 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Va. Tickets are $15, $12 for children, seniors and students. Call 804-340-1400 or go to vmfa.state.va.us.
Baltimore Sun, Courtesy of VMFA