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Open to new ideas that broaden our perspectives. Open to every visitor, from the curious to the lifelong learner. Open to new possibilities discovered through art. Showcasing ancient artistry and modern masterpieces, local legends and global visionaries, our renowned collection of nearly 500,000 works tells the story of the human experience—a story that holds unique meaning for everyone. We welcom

e diverse perspectives, both within the artwork and among our visitors. Where many worldviews meet, new ways of seeing, thinking, and understanding emerge. The conversations we inspire bring people together—revealing connections, exploring differences, and creating a community where all belong.

Don't snooze on your last chance to see "Fashioned by Sargent!"The exhibition is only on view through January 15 before ...
01/08/2024

Don't snooze on your last chance to see "Fashioned by Sargent!"

The exhibition is only on view through January 15 before these iconic works travel to Tate Britain—we strongly recommend reserving tickets in advance on our website as time slots have been selling out: https://bit.ly/3TOD5dr

Sponsored by Bank of America.

🎨: John Singer Sargent, "Nonchaloir (Repose)" (1911), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Curt H. Reisinger, 1948.16.1

Happy first snow, Boston ❄️Need a snow day activity? We're open until 5 pm! 📷: Josiah Johnson Hawes, "Snow Scene on the ...
01/07/2024

Happy first snow, Boston ❄️

Need a snow day activity? We're open until 5 pm!

📷: Josiah Johnson Hawes, "Snow Scene on the Northeast Corner of the Boston Common" (about 1875), photograph, albumen print mounted on board

Psst, it's Antonio López García's birthday! One of Spain’s most revered contemporary artists, López García was born on t...
01/06/2024

Psst, it's Antonio López García's birthday!

One of Spain’s most revered contemporary artists, López García was born on this day in 1936. His larger-than-life sculptures "Day" and "Night" (2008) are beloved by our visitors 👶

📷: Jon Fen on Instagram

  likened glazing to dancing as, for her, it was a full body experience.While she primarily applied glaze with a brush i...
01/05/2024

likened glazing to dancing as, for her, it was a full body experience.

While she primarily applied glaze with a brush in her early works, she started to dip, pour, splash and even spray her colors on to the clay, often lifting the pot to change the direction of the flowing glaze 💧

Don't miss her work on view in “Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction,” one of the first exhibitions of its kind to celebrate the contributions of this seminal, yet under-recognized artist: https://bit.ly/3RO5vBF

🟠: "Closed Form" (1980s), salt-fired stoneware
🔵: "Bottle Form" (1960s), porcelain
🟡: "Red Glow" (1980s), stoneware

Around 1920, Piet Mondrian began painting some of the most famous and recognizable artworks of the last century. These a...
01/04/2024

Around 1920, Piet Mondrian began painting some of the most famous and recognizable artworks of the last century. These abstract paintings, characterized by white backgrounds, spare black lines and blocks of primary color, are ubiquitous in today’s popular culture and regarded as the heart of Mondrian’s achievement.

But the path to these works is far less well known. On view through April 28, "Mondrian: Foundations" presents 28 paintings and works on paper, primarily from Mondrian’s early career, that trace the artist’s explorations as he progressed from realistic traditions to experimental abstractions.

🎨: "Composition with Blue, Yellow, and Red" (1927), oil on canvas, © 2023 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust

🎨: "Farm Building with White Side Façade" (about 1905), oil on canvas

This work is a Renaissance rethinking of one of the most famous women in history. Fourteenth-century poets Dante and Boc...
01/04/2024

This work is a Renaissance rethinking of one of the most famous women in history.

Fourteenth-century poets Dante and Boccaccio saw Cleopatra as lustful and greedy, but here she is chastely dressed, elegant and pensive. The small snake on the base suggests she is considering her dire act of su***de, after her kingdom was lost and she was to be taken as war b***y to Rome by the victorious Augustus Caesar. Faced with the dishonor of being paraded in his triumphal procession, Cleopatra chooses death.

❗ See this work on view in "Strong Women in Renaissance Italy," which closes this Sunday, January 7! https://bit.ly/48GGQWQ

🎨: Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, called Antico, Cleopatra (about 1519–22), bronze with traces of gilding

Round of applause for these amazing visitors 👏We LOVE seeing how "Fashioned by Sargent" is inspiring you 👗 Thinking of d...
01/02/2024

Round of applause for these amazing visitors 👏

We LOVE seeing how "Fashioned by Sargent" is inspiring you 👗 Thinking of donning your own knockout costume on your visit to the exhibition? Share your photos with us!

"Fashioned by Sargent" is only on view through January 15—we strongly recommend planning ahead and reserving tickets in advance on our website.

📷: on Instagram

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! 🥂 🎉 📷: Dan Weiner "Couple Kissing, New Year's Eve, Times Square, NYC" (1951), photogr...
01/01/2024

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! 🥂 🎉

📷: Dan Weiner "Couple Kissing, New Year's Eve, Times Square, NYC" (1951), photograph, gelatin silver print

The MFA is one of the first museums in the United States to acquire a painting by Mary Beale, the most famous woman pain...
12/30/2023

The MFA is one of the first museums in the United States to acquire a painting by Mary Beale, the most famous woman painter in England in the 17th century. Today, Beale is being rediscovered in Britain, but she remains largely unknown across the Atlantic.

"This portrait is filled with beautiful details. I love the bronze sheen of the dress and the vivid blues of her wrap and eyes. Notice how Beale captured the play of light on the curls of hair. We selected this portrait over others on the market for its grandeur and because it depicts an identifiable sitter." —Frederick Ilchman, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings and Chair, Art of Europe

"Gertrude Savile, Marchioness of Halifax" (about 1679) is now on view in the Museum's Lower Rotunda among other recent additions to the MFA's collection!

🖼️: Mary Beale, "Gertrude Savile, Marchioness of Halifax," (about 1679), oil on canvas

Small in scale, Donatello’s "Madonna of the Clouds" is monumental in impact—powerful yet tender. Back from its travels i...
12/28/2023

Small in scale, Donatello’s "Madonna of the Clouds" is monumental in impact—powerful yet tender.

Back from its travels in Europe, this 15th-century masterpiece is now on view in our Art of the Italian Renaissance Gallery.

Donatello carved this image in flattened relief (rilievo schiacciato), a technique he invented where, with only the most shallow carving, the sculptor creates the illusion of fully rounded forms set into deep, continuous space.

“The coat is the picture. You must wear it.” Those were the instructions John Singer Sargent gave to W. Graham Robertson...
12/26/2023

“The coat is the picture. You must wear it.”

Those were the instructions John Singer Sargent gave to W. Graham Robertson, wrapping a long slim overcoat tightly around his sitter despite the heat of summer.

Robertson was a young illustrator and designer, a member of the artistic circle around Oscar Wilde, for whom he had designed the costumes for the 1892 production of "Salomé." Sargent invited Robertson to pose and depicted him as an aesthete, in an exaggerated pose with a jade-handled walking stick and his fluffy old poodle.

This is one of more than 50 works by Sargent featured in our one-of-a-kind exhibition "Fashioned by Sargent," on view through January 15: https://bit.ly/3NAjwBM

🖼️: "W. Graham Robertson" (1894), oil on canvas, on loan from Tate

Merry Christmas from the MFA! 🎄 ❗ Please note the Museum is closed today and will reopen Wednesday at 10 am.🎨:   "The Na...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the MFA! 🎄

❗ Please note the Museum is closed today and will reopen Wednesday at 10 am.

🎨: "The Nativity" (about 1776), oil on canvas

Who else is staying up tonight to wait for Santa? 🎅 ✉️: "Wishing you a very happy Christmas" (about 1906), chromolithogr...
12/24/2023

Who else is staying up tonight to wait for Santa? 🎅

✉️: "Wishing you a very happy Christmas" (about 1906), chromolithograph on card stock by publisher Raphael Tuck & Sons.

If you’ve seen “Fashioned by Sargent” and can’t get enough of the Edwardian fashions depicted in sensuous strokes of pai...
12/23/2023

If you’ve seen “Fashioned by Sargent” and can’t get enough of the Edwardian fashions depicted in sensuous strokes of paint, don’t miss these five elegant dramas set at the dawn of the 20th century!

🎞️ Screenings running January 5–14:

If you’ve seen the exhibition “Fashioned by Sargent” and can’t get enough of the Edwardian fashions depicted in sensuous strokes of paint, don’t miss these five elegant dramas set at the dawn of the 20th century—from James Ivory’s timeless romance A Room With a View to Julie Dash’s b...

Join us on January 15 for our annual MLK Day Open House, presented in partnership with Citizens! We're offering free adm...
12/22/2023

Join us on January 15 for our annual MLK Day Open House, presented in partnership with Citizens!

We're offering free admission from 10 am–5 pm for Massachusetts residents, including access to "Fashioned by Sargent" on its final day. Stop by to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with art making, performances and gallery tours: https://bit.ly/4ak15Lx

12/21/2023

On the Winter Solstice, we're dreaming of the first snow ❄️

🖼️: Childe Hassam, "Charles River and Beacon Hill" (about 1892), oil on canvas

12/20/2023

This beautiful Torah ark once stood in the Shaarei Zion Synagogue on Orange Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts—not far from the MFA. An ornate cabinet that once housed Torah scrolls, it was created in the early 1920s by prolific Jewish woodcarver Samuel Katz, who was born in Veshnevets (modern Ukraine).

Katz came to the U.S. in 1910 and was the leading synagogue furniture maker in Massachusetts. Shaarei Zion was one of about 15 synagogues in Chelsea, which was once known as “the Jerusalem of America.” The Jewish population gradually left, and when the synagogue closed in 1999, a Newton rabbi rescued the ark and gifted it to the MFA earlier this year.

After undergoing treatment in the MFA’s Conservation Center, the ark is now on display alongside many other recent acquisitions in the MFA’s brand new Judaica Gallery, “Intentional Beauty: Jewish Ritual Art from the Collection.”

🎨: Samuel Katz, Torah ark (early 1920s)

Now on view: "Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party" 📷 In 1965, photojournalist Stephen Shames became the of...
12/20/2023

Now on view: "Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party" 📷

In 1965, photojournalist Stephen Shames became the official photographer of the Black Panther Party, making hundreds of images capturing the Panthers’ activities. Many recorded the everyday lives and critical work of the women who comprised more than 65 percent of the party’s membership.

This exhibition presents 27 of 115 photographs in Shames’ “Comrade Sisters” series, which was recently acquired in its entirety by the MFA. They reframe the male-dominated reputation of the Black Panthers, making it clear that the party’s unsung women were at the very heart of the collective movement ❤️ On view now through June 24, 2024!

🖼️: Stephen Shames, "Palo Alto, California: Woman with a bag of food at the People’s Free Food Program, one of the Panther’s survival programs" (1972), photograph, archival pigment print. © 2023, Stephen Shames.

A member of the Muridiyya, a prominent Sufi order in Senegal, Yelimane Fall saw his art as a service to God and the worl...
12/19/2023

A member of the Muridiyya, a prominent Sufi order in Senegal, Yelimane Fall saw his art as a service to God and the world. This work has just been installed in the Lower Rotunda—it is one of six by Fall that were recently acquired by the MFA, as part of our ongoing efforts to grow our collection of Islamic art.

The Arabic calligraphy reads:

نَوْمِي عِبادَةُ رَبي لا شَريكَ لهُ
قلبي يُدّبِرُ آيات ورثِ الحكمة

“My sleep is worship of my God, who has no partner. [In sleep,] my heart wonders on these verses, such transmitters of wisdom they are.”

The words come from a poem by Muridiyya founder Shaykh Amadu Bamba, whose image appears in the top left corner.

🖼️: “Sleep” (2008), acrylic and paper

John Singer Sargent's niece Rose-Marie modeled for both figures in this unusual foreshortened composition. The painting ...
12/18/2023

John Singer Sargent's niece Rose-Marie modeled for both figures in this unusual foreshortened composition. The painting is not a portrait, but a landscape arranged by the artist—a snowy field of white cloth animated by rivers of cashmere shawls. Fabric is his main subject, taking up three-quarters of the composition.

🗓️ Make plans to see it in "Fashioned by Sargent" before the exhibition closes January 15: https://bit.ly/41niPl0

🖼️: "Two Girls in White Dresses" (about 1911), oil on canvas, Private Collection

It's almost time to say farewell to this historic visitor! 🇬🇷We've been honored to host Kore 670 at the MFA this past ye...
12/17/2023

It's almost time to say farewell to this historic visitor! 🇬🇷

We've been honored to host Kore 670 at the MFA this past year.—one of the finest examples of Greek sculpture, which rarely leaves the Acropolis Museum - Μουσείο Ακρόπολης. Emerson College students helped us to celebrate her earlier this month, with performances of Greek tragedies in the gallery.

🗓️ January 8 is your last chance to see this stunning work before it travels back to Athens!

📷: Maria Kechri, courtesy of Consulate General of Greece in Boston

On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, we're sharing this illustrated almanac published in Leipzig, Germany, ...
12/16/2023

On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, we're sharing this illustrated almanac published in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 18th century 📖

This edition includes 12 illustrations by Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki of events from the American Revolution, including the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and more.

As Senior Director of Museum Learning, Dr. Nile Blunt helps to shape the MFA's vision for K-12 school programming, colle...
12/15/2023

As Senior Director of Museum Learning, Dr. Nile Blunt helps to shape the MFA's vision for K-12 school programming, college and university engagement, gallery teaching and collection training, as well as community programming and studio art courses.

"One of the most exciting and fulfilling aspects of my work is the opportunity to engage increasingly diverse audiences with an incredible collection of art that transcends time and geography through tours, classes, workshops and programs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a dynamic and passionate team as we work to facilitate multimodal interactions with works of art that create meaningful moments of discovery for learners of all ages."

Nile is part of the Learning and Community Engagement (LCE) division at the MFA, which provides programs, events and resources to promote diverse voices, identities and experiences here in Boston and beyond. Learn more about the different LCE program areas: https://bit.ly/3GJfK5d

Every year, students from our 12 Community Arts Initiative partner organizations create a collaborative artwork inspired...
12/14/2023

Every year, students from our 12 Community Arts Initiative partner organizations create a collaborative artwork inspired by the MFA’s collection. Timothy Hyunsoo Lee is our lead artist for the 2024 project, “Our Family Portrait,” which will go on view in the Linde Family for Contemporary Art in May.

💬 From Timothy: “It’s really affirming to bring these groups to the museum—some for the first time—and guide them through the museum’s collections, looking at traditional depictions of family portraiture as symbols of class and power to more contemporary and diverse representations of family-hood, both biological and from the community.”

🎨 Next up, the kids will work with Timothy to create cyanotype prints of their family—both biological and chosen—that will be assembled into a large-scale installation. We can’t wait to see the final result!

The Community Arts Initiative is part of the Learning and Community Engagement (LCE) division at the MFA, which provides programs, events and resources to promote diverse voices, identities and experiences here in Boston and beyond. Learn more about the different LCE program areas: https://bit.ly/3GEBRJY

The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation.

John Singer Sargent makes a symphony of black and whites in this portrait of Amalia Subercaseaux: the black of the piano...
12/14/2023

John Singer Sargent makes a symphony of black and whites in this portrait of Amalia Subercaseaux: the black of the piano, the white of the keys, the black and white of the sitter's dress, the white wall behind her.

Subercaseaux and her husband, Chilean diplomat and artist Ramón Subercaseaux, were among Sargent’s first clients in Paris. He staged this portrait in their home, which was furnished in a modern Aesthetic Movement style.

This is one of more than 50 works by Sargent featured in our one-of-a-kind exhibition "Fashioned by Sargent," on view through January 15: https://bit.ly/3GyeIJp

🖼️: "Madame Ramón Subercaseaux (Amalia Errázuriz)" (1880–81), oil on canvas, The Fayez S. Sarofim Collection.

12/12/2023

This is a patent model of the library step-chair, which was invented in 1853 🪑

Augustus Eliaers, who was born in France, was active in Boston in the 1850s and worked primarily making chairs for people who had been injured or were otherwise unable to walk. As part of his patent application, he created this miniature version of his chair to demonstrate how it worked!

See it in "Tiny Treasures: The Magic of Miniatures," which is on view through February 11, 2024: https://bit.ly/41lhYBo

🪑: Augustus Eliaers, "Patent model for library step-chair" (1853), mahogany

Brightening your Monday with Martin Johnson Heade's "Magnolias" 🌼🖼️: "Magnolias" (about 1883–1900), on view in the Art o...
12/11/2023

Brightening your Monday with Martin Johnson Heade's "Magnolias" 🌼

🖼️: "Magnolias" (about 1883–1900), on view in the Art of the Americas Wing

Part of a series of similar works, Finnegan Shannon’s blue bench "Do you want us here or not" (2020) is a response to th...
12/10/2023

Part of a series of similar works, Finnegan Shannon’s blue bench "Do you want us here or not" (2020) is a response to the scarcity of seating found in some art museums and galleries. Shannon is an artist long active in conversations and actions that raise awareness of issues around access and disability in public spaces.

This work is part of the MFA's "Please Be Seated" program, which invites artists to make seating for the Museum that is also acquired as part of our permanent collection. Now on view, our exhibition "Tender Loving Care" in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art features eight "Please Be Seated" locations ❤️

🎨: Finnegan Shannon, "Do you want us here or not" (2020), Baltic birch, poplar wood, Formica. Fabrication by Walter Zanetti, Anthony Dewar and Paul Durocher, School of Industrial Design and Brant Lucuik, School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University. Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada. © Finnegan Shannon.

Bon voyage! 🦈 🛶 John Singleton Copley’s “Watson and the Shark” (1778) is sailing off for the first time since the early ...
12/09/2023

Bon voyage! 🦈 🛶

John Singleton Copley’s “Watson and the Shark” (1778) is sailing off for the first time since the early 1990s. Before leaving the MFA, it's being examined in our Conservation Center to ensure a shipshape departure 🕵️‍♀️

This iconic painting will be traveling to the Royal Academy of Arts for their upcoming exhibition “Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change.” It will be back in our galleries next spring!

📷: Rhona MacBeth, Director of Conservation and Scientific Research and Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator of Paintings examines the work with Ethan Lasser, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas

On the first night of Hanukkah, we're honored to open a new gallery devoted to Jewish ritual art, or Judaica—the first s...
12/07/2023

On the first night of Hanukkah, we're honored to open a new gallery devoted to Jewish ritual art, or Judaica—the first such space at the MFA and in New England.

Years in the making, the installation brings together nearly 30 works—most of which are new acquisitions on view for the first time—made for the Jewish religious experience, at home and in the synagogue. Created across centuries, the objects originate from Asia, North Africa, Europe and the United States and speak to the incredible diversity of Jewish cultures.

📅 Be among the first to see the new gallery this evening at our Hanukkah celebration in partnership with Jewish Arts Collaborative and CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Admission is $5 from 5 to 10 pm!

🎨: Elimelekh Tzoref, Torah shield (Galicia (probably Lvov, now Lviv, Ukraine), 1781–82), silver, partly gilded, with enamel, niello, and stones

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