Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

Thomas Gainsborough, born on this day in 1727, painted Mrs. Edmund Morton Pleydell during his time living in Bath, Engla...
05/14/2019

Thomas Gainsborough, born on this day in 1727, painted Mrs. Edmund Morton Pleydell during his time living in Bath, England. His skill at balancing artistic imagination with observed truth is extremely well represented in this portrayal, as is his awareness of and ability to depict contemporary fashion.

#TriviaTuesday: This "Lava" bracelet, cut from flat copper and brass sheets, was one of Art Smith’s earliest jewelry d...
05/14/2019

#TriviaTuesday: This "Lava" bracelet, cut from flat copper and brass sheets, was one of Art Smith’s earliest jewelry designs. Which famous art movement influenced the dreamlike, organic forms of this piece?

A masterpiece of Chinese painting, “The Thirteen Emperors" depicts rulers from nearly 1,000 years of history and was r...
05/13/2019

A masterpiece of Chinese painting, “The Thirteen Emperors" depicts rulers from nearly 1,000 years of history and was recently installed in our Song Dynasty Gallery. The latter end of the scroll is displayed, showing five emperors and their attendants. The work reveals the rulers’ historical reputations: virtuous emperors stand proud, while those who brought corruption are smaller and more casually dressed. Compare Emperor Yang (r. 605–617)—whose lavish spending and tyrannical behavior led to the demise of the Sui dynasty—with his much-respected predecessor Emperor Wen (r. 581-604), who wears official imperial dress.

Personal stories are central to the broader narrative of our exhibition "Gender Bending Fashion." We asked 10 local indi...
05/13/2019
Ten Bostonians on Style, Fashion, and Gender

Personal stories are central to the broader narrative of our exhibition "Gender Bending Fashion." We asked 10 local individuals to discuss their approaches to style and thoughts on gender. The exhibition team worked together with them and Ally Schmaling, a Boston-based photographer known for their ongoing Queer and Nonbinary portraits project, to produce a series of images and create a platform to share each person's perspective.

To experience their stories in full, see the video in the exhibition gallery and engage with the interactive touchscreen in the adjacent Krupp Gallery, where we also invite you to join the conversation yourself.

Explore stories from members of our community.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, born on this day in 1828, was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement who admired the n...
05/12/2019

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, born on this day in 1828, was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement who admired the naturalism and freshness of the early Italian Renaissance. Italian poetry inspired the titles of many of his paintings, including this work, "Belcolore" (1863), on view in our Art of Europe galleries. "Belcolore," which means "beautiful color," likely refers to the hues of the model and flower, as well as to the painter’s skill in rendering these. #HeartArt

What could be better than a stroll through the galleries with Mom? Happy Mother's Day!📷: @musykchyk on Instagram
05/12/2019

What could be better than a stroll through the galleries with Mom? Happy Mother's Day!

📷: @musykchyk on Instagram

Instrument makers have tried various methods of compacting the length required to make a bass clarinet, but this model i...
05/11/2019

Instrument makers have tried various methods of compacting the length required to make a bass clarinet, but this model in C (about 1820), designed by Nicola Papalini, is one of only five surviving models that take on this distinctive, serpentine form. Created by nailing together two carved slabs of pearwood, this clarinet has nine finger holes, two of which are closed with the middle joins of the fingers rather than the finger tips.

See this object and other instruments from around the world in our Musical Instruments Gallery 🎶

For International Astronomy Day, we're sharing a planispheric astrolabe (dated 1375) from Barcelona, on view in our Kuns...
05/11/2019

For International Astronomy Day, we're sharing a planispheric astrolabe (dated 1375) from Barcelona, on view in our Kunstkammer Gallery!

The astrolabe is a two-dimensional model of the universe, used to tell time by measuring the altitudes of the sun or a selected fixed star. Originating with the Greeks (its name comes from the ancient Greek astrolobos, “star-taker”) and refined by Muslim astronomers in the Middle Ages, it was one of the most important and versatile early scientific instruments. Signed and dated, this astrolabe is one of the earliest known European examples.

Happy Frida Friday 🎉 "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular" explores how Frida Kahlo avidly collected and drew inspiration fr...
05/10/2019

Happy Frida Friday 🎉 "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular" explores how Frida Kahlo avidly collected and drew inspiration from traditional Mexican folk art. The exhibition has inspired many MFA visitors! Have you seen it?

📷: @elise_mercer on Instagram

As part of "Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light," MFA conservators are taking ultraviolet...
05/09/2019

As part of "Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light," MFA conservators are taking ultraviolet (UV) light photos of "Dainichi, the Buddha of Infinite Illumination" (later half of the 11th century), which was recently moved from the Buddhist Temple Room. UV examination will help the conservators find areas of damage and previous restoration, helping make future treatment choices.

“What was concealed in the everyday is now being made visible.” — Nomusa MakhubuSee “Made Visible: Contemporary ...
05/09/2019
Last Chance: "Made Visible" at MFA Boston

“What was concealed in the everyday is now being made visible.” — Nomusa Makhubu

See “Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity” before it closes on May 14!

Featuring work by South African artists who are envisioning a just future.

Growing up just outside of Boston, Holland Cotter spent many Saturdays wandering around the MFA on his own. On May 22, t...
05/08/2019
Holland Cotter: Babysat by the Buddha

Growing up just outside of Boston, Holland Cotter spent many Saturdays wandering around the MFA on his own. On May 22, the The New York Times art critic returns to the Museum to discuss these formative childhood experiences, his interest in South Asian art, and his wish to share his love with his readers.

Join us on May 22 to hear from The New York Times' award-winning art critic.

Spring is here and it's a beautiful day to lounge on the lawn! Don't forget that Museum admission is free every Wednesda...
05/08/2019

Spring is here and it's a beautiful day to lounge on the lawn! Don't forget that Museum admission is free every Wednesday beginning at 4 pm 😎

"Photography for me is a ritual: to go out with the camera, to observe, to capture the world around us. And then to go i...
05/08/2019

"Photography for me is a ritual: to go out with the camera, to observe, to capture the world around us. And then to go into the darkness to develop, to select the most symbolic images."

Don't miss your final weekend to see this unforgettable image among nearly 140 photographs on view in "Graciela Iturbide's Mexico." Sunday is the last day of the exhibition: http://bit.ly/2J5SCBm

📷: "Our Lady of the Iguanas / Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas, Juchitán" (1979), gelatin silver print, Collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

05/07/2019
"Rodin" with Boston Ballet

Choreographer Leonid Yakobson’s “Rodin” is inspired by the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Watch as Rodin’s iconic “Eternal Springtime” (modeled about 1881; cast about 1916–17) is transformed into living, breathing art by Boston Ballet in our galleries! Then, see it on stage as part of “Rhapsody,” May 16–June 9: bit.ly/2LuvJKD

#TriviaTuesday: This East Javanese crown from the 13th century was designed to move on the wearer's head. The gold wires...
05/07/2019

#TriviaTuesday: This East Javanese crown from the 13th century was designed to move on the wearer's head. The gold wires ending in thin discs are meant to represent what kind of pond plant? Hint: The flower of this aquatic plant is an important Buddhist symbol.

Ramadan Kareem. This ornate lamp (Egyptian, early 1320s), which once held oil and a wick for illuminating the interior o...
05/06/2019

Ramadan Kareem. This ornate lamp (Egyptian, early 1320s), which once held oil and a wick for illuminating the interior of a mosque, bears the words of the Qur’an known as the Verse of Light. This verse reminds followers that “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.”

Congratulations to all of the new U.S. citizens who were naturalized at the MFA this morning! Thank you for sharing your...
05/06/2019

Congratulations to all of the new U.S. citizens who were naturalized at the MFA this morning! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. We are so proud to have been a part of such a moving event with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services!

Photos by Greg Heins and Maggie Loh

This morning, we hosted our second-ever naturalization ceremony for 142 new U.S. citizens born in 50 countries around th...
05/06/2019

This morning, we hosted our second-ever naturalization ceremony for 142 new U.S. citizens born in 50 countries around the world, from Albania to Vietnam. Congratulations to all! 🇺🇸

Check back later today for an album of photos from the special event.

📷: Greg Heins

John Brewster, Jr., who was unable to speak or hear, was the son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut. Encourag...
05/05/2019

John Brewster, Jr., who was unable to speak or hear, was the son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut. Encouraged to pursue his artistic talent from an early age, he was trained by local artists and soon had many clients eager for his portraits. In this work, Brewster's delicate paint handling and quiet colors create a serenity that evokes the vulnerability and innocence of childhood. The peach, a fruit that has a short season in New England's cool climate, may have been included to enhance this theme.

🎨: "Child with a Peach" (about 1810), oil on canvas, on view in the Art of the Americas Wing

Who's ready for the Kentucky Derby? Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a big fan of horse racing in his day, making frequent ...
05/04/2019

Who's ready for the Kentucky Derby? Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a big fan of horse racing in his day, making frequent visits to the Longchamp racecourse—a symbol of modern Paris 🏇

Pictured: "The Jockey" (1899), lithograph, on view in "Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris"

Why are some artists celebrated, and others forgotten? Now open, “Collecting Stories: A Mid-Century Experiment,” exp...
05/04/2019
Collecting Stories: A Mid-Century Experiment

Why are some artists celebrated, and others forgotten? Now open, “Collecting Stories: A Mid-Century Experiment,” explores issues of legacy and taste, probing how artists were perceived in their own time and beyond.

Which artists will stand the test of time—and who decides?

Suspenseful, dreamlike and unexpected, Graciela Iturbide's photographs capture the beauty, challenges and contradictions...
05/03/2019
Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Suspenseful, dreamlike and unexpected, Graciela Iturbide's photographs capture the beauty, challenges and contradictions of her native Mexico. Don't miss our major exhibition of her work, on view through May 12.

See nearly 140 photographs spanning the artist's five-decade-long career.

Thanks to Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks for stopping by the MFA this week—we hope you enjoyed our Frida Kahlo exhi...
05/03/2019

Thanks to Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks for stopping by the MFA this week—we hope you enjoyed our Frida Kahlo exhibition!

📷: @elizabethbanks on Instagram

The subcultures of popular music have been a particular wellspring for gender-bending style. Punk, glam, emo, goth and o...
05/03/2019

The subcultures of popular music have been a particular wellspring for gender-bending style. Punk, glam, emo, goth and other movements have each given rise to distinct and influential looks. Aspects of those styles have, in turn, been adopted by the mainstream at different points in history.

Spanning the 1960s through the 1980s, the soundtrack for our exhibition "Gender Bending Fashion" features musicians such as Grace Jones, David Bowie, Prince, Lady Gaga and Janelle Monáe. The selection is meant to speak to the ways in which cultural understandings (and misunderstandings) of gender, gender diversity and presentation have been articulated through music at different moments of time.

See these album covers in the galleries and listen to the exhibition soundtrack on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2vlzWp5

After years of repression and war, European artists in the late 1940s found the freedom once again to explore their crea...
05/02/2019

After years of repression and war, European artists in the late 1940s found the freedom once again to explore their creative impulses. Antonio (Nino) Migliori once stated that his favorite camera subjects were “the simple things that had been missing during the War.” He took this photograph of two brothers, one in mid-dive, at the seaside at Rimini, where he frequently visited as a child.

Pictured: "Diver" (1951), gelatin silver print, on view in "Postwar Visions: European Photography, 1945–60."

Summer lectures and courses are now on sale! Explore the MFA's portraits of women by women, join us for a conversation w...
05/02/2019
Summer Lectures & Courses on Sale

Summer lectures and courses are now on sale! Explore the MFA's portraits of women by women, join us for a conversation with The Sex ED founder Liz Goldwyn, and learn more about Frida Kahlo's art in a companion course to our exhibition "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular."

Fuel your curiosity and dive deeper into art and exhibitions.

Lyonel Feininger was born in New York but moved to Germany at the age of 16. While in Weimar, he took up the woodcut med...
05/01/2019

Lyonel Feininger was born in New York but moved to Germany at the age of 16. While in Weimar, he took up the woodcut medium, and was appointed by Walter Gropius as one of the first faculty members of the Bauhaus, where he led the printmaking workshop from 1919 until the school’s move to Dessau in 1925. In these two woodcuts, Feininger turns the small village churches into monumental, towering visions.

Pictured: "Daasdorf" & "Church at Gelmeroda" (1918), on view in our exhibition "Radical Geometries: Bauhaus Prints, 1919–33." http://bit.ly/2vmRxNG

Happy May Day! Time to stop and smell the flowers 💐Pictured: "Woman and Flowers" (1868), oil on panel, Sir Lawrence A...
05/01/2019

Happy May Day! Time to stop and smell the flowers 💐

Pictured: "Woman and Flowers" (1868), oil on panel, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Today Japan welcomes a new Emperor and the beginning of the Reiwa era! The Heisei Emperor, Akihito, has stepped down in ...
04/30/2019

Today Japan welcomes a new Emperor and the beginning of the Reiwa era! The Heisei Emperor, Akihito, has stepped down in favor of his son, former Crown Prince Naruhito, who is now the Reiwa Emperor. Naruhito is the 126th in the traditional lineage—the oldest royal line in the world, and one of the oldest family trees of any kind. This lithograph, made in 1915, shows the special throne that was built at that time for the enthronement of Naruhito’s great-grandfather, the Taisho Emperor. They will use the very same throne for the big enthronement ceremony in October.

See this print and more in “Royal Celebrations: Japanese Prints and Postcards.” http://bit.ly/2J4P6Hu

04/30/2019

The porcelain animals and birds created at the Meissen manufactory in the 1730s represent one of the most ambitious commissions in the history of European ceramics. Learn more about these monumental sculptures—originally meant to form an elaborate indoor menagerie—from our curatorial research fellow, Courtney Harris!

#TriviaTuesday The expressive yet deliberately restrained aesthetic of ivory-colored ceramic wares, like this headrest w...
04/30/2019

#TriviaTuesday The expressive yet deliberately restrained aesthetic of ivory-colored ceramic wares, like this headrest with a sculpted lion stand (12th century), was a hallmark of the Northern Song dynasty. Bianjing, the first Song capital, is now known as which modern-day Chinese city?

04/29/2019
ASL Tour: Tiffany's "Parakeets"

Join us next Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm, when Museum admission is free, for an ASL tour exploring the MFA's collection of stained glass! One of our guides, Steve, will highlight objects including an 1889 "Parakeets" window pane designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany: http://bit.ly/2PuUiFV

Join us at our annual Memorial Day Open House on May 27! Enjoy free admission all day, along with art-making activities,...
04/29/2019
Memorial Day Open House

Join us at our annual Memorial Day Open House on May 27! Enjoy free admission all day, along with art-making activities, musical and dance performances, gallery tours and more.

Free general admission, drop-in family art-making activities, and tours.

We're celebrating the return of spring with Art in Bloom! Magnificent floral interpretations of our artworks, created by...
04/28/2019

We're celebrating the return of spring with Art in Bloom! Magnificent floral interpretations of our artworks, created by New England garden clubs, are on view throughout the Museum. Plus, don't miss the Art in Bloom Market and Garden Cart! 🌺 🌼 🌸

The festival runs through Monday: http://bit.ly/2vpO2Ww

📷: Damon Beale

Art in Bloom is in full swing! 🌺 🌼 🌸 Fifty floral arrangements inspired by works of art are on view throughout ...
04/27/2019

Art in Bloom is in full swing! 🌺 🌼 🌸 Fifty floral arrangements inspired by works of art are on view throughout the galleries: http://bit.ly/2vl2TBJ

📷 : Greg Heins

Art in Bloom, our annual festival of fine art and flowers, is here 🌺 🌼 🌸 Join us tonight for an evening preview...
04/26/2019

Art in Bloom, our annual festival of fine art and flowers, is here 🌺 🌼 🌸 Join us tonight for an evening preview—the Museum is open until 10 pm! Tours, activities and programs take place from Saturday through Monday: http://bit.ly/2vp3qmg

📷 : Maggie Loh

Happy Frida Friday 🎉 "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular" explores how Frida Kahlo avidly collected and drew inspiration fr...
04/26/2019

Happy Frida Friday 🎉 "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular" explores how Frida Kahlo avidly collected and drew inspiration from traditional Mexican folk art. The exhibition has inspired many MFA visitors! Have you seen it?

📷: @mrs.lloyds.class on Instagram

In "The Loge with the Gilt Mask" (1893), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captures the see-and-be-seen dynamic of the theater b...
04/25/2019

In "The Loge with the Gilt Mask" (1893), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captures the see-and-be-seen dynamic of the theater box (the loge) evoked in an earlier painting (1878) by Mary Cassatt, adding an element of caricature and a hint of the supernatural (in the cackling mask) to his design.

See these works together in "Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris," now on view: http://bit.ly/2Pms4gu

Pack a picnic, bring your friends, and we'll see you under the summer stars. Tickets are on sale for Concerts in the Cou...
04/25/2019
Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard

Pack a picnic, bring your friends, and we'll see you under the summer stars. Tickets are on sale for Concerts in the Courtyard, returning in July! 🎶

The annual summer series showcases acts from Boston and around the world.

Graciela Iturbide took this ethereal photograph during her 1979 with the Seri community in the Sonoran Desert of northwe...
04/24/2019

Graciela Iturbide took this ethereal photograph during her 1979 with the Seri community in the Sonoran Desert of northwestern Mexico. The seemingly contradictory image shows a woman in traditional Seri dress heading down to the empty desert plain holding her boombox—a reminder of the technological and material influence of the U.S. on the indigenous culture. The title, "Angel Woman / Mujer ángel," transforms the figure into a celestial being: we cannot see her face, and she appears to be flying into another realm, arms spread and hair blowing in the wind.

Don't miss your final weeks to see nearly 140 photographs spanning Iturbide's five-decade-long career in "Graciela Iturbide's Mexico," on view through May 12: http://bit.ly/2PgSu2Y

Paris-based photographer Prisca Monnier’s evocative "Dandy Queens" series responds to the resurgence in tailored suits...
04/24/2019

Paris-based photographer Prisca Monnier’s evocative "Dandy Queens" series responds to the resurgence in tailored suits for women. Monnier styled and photographed female dandies wearing tailored dress in sober browns and grays, providing an alternative version of male dandy style.

According to the artist: “We wanted each sitter to represent strong women in history who didn’t seem to care about how society wanted them to dress, or even about their career choices. We created the look and feel, the ‘mise en scène,’ then, like a play, we named them after inspirations. Khady as Calamity Jane; Aurelie as a woman of letters, Jo March from "Little Women" (based on novelist Louisa May Alcott herself); and Marama as Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary Walker.”

Pictured: "Dandy Queens, Paris: Calamity Jane, Jo March, Dr. Mary Walker" (2014), digital print, on view in "Gender Bending Fashion." http://bit.ly/2PkFs4M

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