We were sorry to see that Esther Bell, curator in charge of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, moved on several months ago.
Her J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free was exceptional in 2015 was exceptional.
But with the appointment of Virginia Brilliant, the Legion and DeYoung should be in good hands.
She joins the Fine Arts Museums from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida where she has worked since 2008. At The Ringling Museum of Art, Brilliant held the titles of Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections (2013-2017), Curator of European Art (2010-2013), Associate Curator of European Art (2009- 2010), and Assistant Curator of European Art (2008-2009).
“I am thrilled that Virginia has agreed to join our team here at the Fine Arts Museums,” states Max Hollein, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Virginia brings extensive experience that will allow her to expertly steer the European paintings department through an ambitious upcoming programming schedule. Additionally, she brings a level of scholarship that will elevate not only our own collection, but also the greater field at large.”
Throughout Brilliant’s tenure at The Ringling Museum of Art, she authored multiple publications and expanded the permanent collection through numerous acquisitions. Notable exhibitions include: A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe (2017); Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice (2012-2013); Peter Paul Rubens: Impressions of a Master (2012); Gothic Art in the Gilded Age: Medieval and Renaissance Treasures in the Gavet-Vanderbilt-Ringling Collection (2010); and The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance (2009). Prior to joining The Ringling Museum of Art, Brilliant served as a post-doctoral fellow in the department of medieval art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and as a graduate curatorial intern in the paintings department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.