About

About the Hermitage:

Built on the banks of the lovely Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia, the Hermitage is a rambling Arts and Crafts mansion designed by William and Florence Sloane. Construction on what was originally conceived as a summer home began in 1908. As the Sloane family grew, so did the Hermitage. The current 42-room configuration was completed in 1936.

The Hermitage is home to the Sloane Collection, an assemblage of fine and decorative art which rivals the house itself in both scope and inventiveness. With over 40,000 objects, the collection spans 5,000 years of art history and represents over 30 countries. As a pioneering patron of early 20th century painters and sculptors, Mrs Florence Sloane is among the pantheon of great American collectors.

About this blog: All posts written before July 2012 were written by the former Curator of Collections, Lauren Northup, unless otherwise noted.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for sharing your behind-the-scenes story, this will surely be an eye-opening blog for museum and non-museum folks alike. I look forward to reading more about your adventures with the Sloane Collection.

  2. Thanks Colin for the terrific tour! It was difficult to pick a ‘favorite’ part as you offered such a compelling presentation on each element. Keep it up, Sir!

    –Chuck Doud

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