The Statuary Vista is a unique outdoor sculpture gallery set in a 400-foot long double border garden stretching from the back of Renaissance Court to the edge of Lake Whitehurst. This is one of the few shady perennial gardens at Norfolk Botanical Garden and each 14-foot wide, 400-foot long display bed is packed with a variety of bulbs, perennials and annuals. Set against the deep green backdrop of clipped Holly Olive hedges, the statues, flowers and foliage create a stunning display.
The Vista features eleven, seven-foot tall statues carved from Cararra marble by Moses Ezekiel in Rome between 1879 and 1884 for William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. These statues were originally designed to be set in second-story niches in the Corcoran Gallery. They depict notable painters and sculptors: Antonio Canova, Thomas Crawford, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, Bartolome Murillo, Phidias, Raphael, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian. The majority of the statues were donated to the Garden in 1962 and 1963 by Richmond residents Bruce Dunstan and Vincent Speranza.
The sculptures by Moses Ezekiel in Statuary Vista received the 2011 People’s Choice award in the Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program. Learn more about the Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program
Plants to look for:
Spring: Hardy Orchid, Saucer Magnolia
Summer: Calla Lily, Hosta, Ornamental Grasses, St. John?s Wort
Fall: Aster, Chrysanthemums, Cotoneaster, Virginia Sweetspire
Winter: Chinese Fringe, Holly Olive, Paperbush, Sweetbox