John James Audubon Birds
Audubon's Birds, Audubon's Words: July 27, 2013 - May 11, 2014

As author and illustrator of The Birds of America, John James Audubon (1785–1851) traveled thousands of miles throughout the United States and Canada to seek out and draw North American birds in their natural habitats. In the book’s enormous pages—each more than three feet high...

Adriaen van Ostade, "The Spectacles Seller," 1673
Drawn to Daily Life: Dutch Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection March 8, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Some 50 lively drawings and watercolors by leading 17th-century Dutch artists from the superb Maida and George Abrams Collection bring to life the faces, figures, pleasures, pastimes, and labors of Dutch people. Works by Rembrandt, Hendrick Avercamp, Abraham Bloemaert, Jacques De Gheyn II, Jan...

Frank Lloyd Wright, June, The Garden Window, a design for the cover of Liberty magazine, 1927
D Is for Design: April 17, 2014 - February 16, 2015

Design drawings are among the hidden treasures of the MFA’s collection, and this exhibition displays nearly 30 works on paper, each representing a different artist, architect, or designer in an alphabet of design from the 16th through the 20th centuries. A is for Ashbee: a design for a ring...