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Sarah Braman, artist's digital rendering of "Life Shape," sculpture to be fabricated, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
Sarah Braman: Alive: Maud Morgan Prize 2013 November 23, 2013 - March 30, 2014

“Sarah Braman: Alive” debuts new sculpture, painting, and video by the Museum’s 2013 Maud Morgan Prize recipient. Established in 1993 in recognition of artist Maud Morgan (1903–99), the Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist whose creativity and vision has made...

Dawit L. Petros, Colorscape, Coordinate #23, Ethiopia, 2013
Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place October 26, 2013 - April 13, 2014

Part of an annual series of MFA exhibitions focusing on SMFA graduates of the past decade whose work has achieved international acclaim, “Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place” features the photographs, video art, and sculpture of this 2007 SMFA Masters degree recipient. Petros was born in...

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John Singer Sargent Watercolors October 13, 2013 - January 20, 2014

Members see it first: early weekend entry through January 19. “To live with Sargent’s water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held,” according to the painter’s first biographer. Presenting more than 90 of Sargent’s dazzling works, this exhibition, co-...

Piero della Francesca, "Senigallia Madonna," 1470s
Visiting Masterpiece: Piero della Francesca’s Senigallia Madonna: An Italian Treasure, Stolen and Recovered September 13, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Another visiting masterpiece has arrived as part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture. Piero della Francesca’s 15th-century tempera and oil on panel, the Senigallia Madonna (1470s) is normally on view in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, in the Ducal Palace of Urbino. This exceptional...

She Who Tells A Story Exhibition
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World August 27, 2013 - January 12, 2014

“She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin...

Holland on Paper
Holland on Paper: The Age of Art Nouveau August 10, 2013 - February 23, 2014

In the era of Art Nouveau, from the 1890s through the turn of the century, there was a flourishing of new, imaginative art and craft throughout Europe. Holland also saw an explosion of inventive art and design in this period, including many expressive works on paper—posters, decorative...

Rembrandt the Etcher
Rembrandt the Etcher August 10, 2013 - February 17, 2014

Etching as a printmaking medium emerged in the early 16th century in Germany and Italy, but its full creative potential only was realized with Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn’s activity as an etcher from 1630 to 1661. This exhibition of 45 works, drawn primarily from the MFA’s collection,...

Hippie Chic Signature Image
Hippie Chic July 16, 2013 - November 11, 2013

As the Woodstock generation challenged the status quo, a cultural revolution was born, and the world of fashion felt the reverberations. For the first time, haute couture designers weren’t dictating all the trends; instead, inspiration for many of the latest styles came from hippies and young...

Sacred Pages
Sacred Pages: Conversations about the Qur’an July 13, 2013 - February 23, 2014

“Sacred Pages” offers visitors a way to broaden their understanding of the Qur’an, Islam, and Islamic art. Drawing upon the MFA’s rich collection of loose pages from Qur’ans dating from medieval to modern times, this exhibition showcases 25 examples, illustrating their...

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An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection July 9, 2013 - March 30, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the Lane Collection, renowned for its deep holdings of the work of major American modernist photographers, including Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams—and given to the MFA by Saundra Lane in 2012. In addition to the early 20th-century American works...

Elegant Contortions
Elegant Contortions: Renaissance Prints July 9, 2013 - March 30, 2014

Mannerist artists went to extremes in their treatment of the human body. In the years after Raphael’s death in 1520, complex poses, intricate gestures, and esoteric symbolism replaced the harmony and balance of the High Renaissance. A self-consciously “stylish” style, Mannerism...

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Homer, Leighton, Manet: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 25, 2013 - July 7, 2013

The MFA’s Free Memorial Day Community Weekend marks the debut of three paintings lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Northeaster (1895) by Winslow Homer; Lachrymae (Tears, about 1894–95; completed by 1901) by Frederic, Lord Leighton; and The Monet Family in Their Garden at...

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To Boston With Love 2013 May 25, 2013 - July 7, 2013

This installation of more than 1700 hand-sewn flags strung across the Shapiro Family Courtyard was a response to 2013's Boston Marathon tragedy. The flags were created by quilters from nearly every state in the US and from countries around the world. The flags convey inspirational messages...

Ridley Howard
Ridley Howard: Fields and Stripes May 11, 2013 - October 27, 2013

Since graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA 1999), Ridley Howard has explored how 21st-century painting might capture intense yet oblique emotion. He pares down color and geometry into delicately composed portraits, landscapes, and abstractions that recall the cool psychology...

Michelangelo, "Cleopatra." Black chalk, 234 x 182 mm. Florence, Casa Buonarroti, inv. 2 F recto.
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti April 23, 2013 - June 30, 2013

“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” features a rich and varied selection of 26 works from the master’s collection, preserved in the artist's family home, the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence. The exhibition includes many of...

Community Arts Initiative: Characters in the Collection
Community Arts Initiative: Characters in the Collection April 20, 2013 - October 6, 2013

What would it be like to live with works of art?  This is the question artist Andrew Oesch posed to children from the MFA’s eight partner community organizations in this year’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project. Through drawings, writing, and performance exercises, the...

Nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku armor
Samurai!: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection April 14, 2013 - August 4, 2013

Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of these revered and feared Japanese warriors—from one of the best and largest collections in the world. “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection”...

Surimono
Luxury on Paper: The Art of Surimono March 9, 2013 - December 1, 2013

Nineteenth-century Japanese color printing’s highest level of accomplishment is seen in the small, exquisite works known as surimono, which were produced on commission for private, individual customers. Because they were not sold to the general public, these prints were not limited either by...

Harumi Nakashima, "Work - 0808," 2008
New Blue and White February 20, 2013 - July 14, 2013

"Blue and white" means, at its simplest, cobalt pigment applied to white clay. Over the course of a millennium, blue-and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ceramic production worldwide. With roots in the Islamic world and Asia, and strong presence in Europe and...

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Triumph of the Winter Queen February 14, 2013 - July 21, 2013

Watch the story of the Triumph of the Winter Queen unfold in an immersive media experience, as Gerrit van Honthorst’s painting is brought to life. The tale is dramatized through passages from the royal couple’s letters, maps, music—and even falling snow. On view in the Loring...

Paul Cézanne, "The Large Bathers," 1906
Visiting Masterpieces: Cézanne's The Large Bathers February 2, 2013 - May 12, 2013

An extraordinary loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art gives you the opportunity to see two of the great masterpieces of French painting in America hanging side by side: Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers and the MFA’s own Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going...

Bruce Davidson (exhibition)
Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street January 19, 2013 - September 8, 2013

This exhibition celebrates the MFA’s recent acquisition of the 43 prints by renowned New York photographer Bruce Davidson that were originally showcased in his groundbreaking show, “East 100th Street,” at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. These powerful images capture the...

Lois Mailou Jones, "La Baker," 1977
Loïs Mailou Jones January 19, 2013 - October 14, 2013

“Loïs Mailou Jones” presents 30 paintings and drawings by the distinguished, internationally acclaimed graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Boston, Jones attended the SMFA during high school and earned a scholarship that enabled her to receive her...

Head of a bearded man known as “Brutus”
Visiting Masterpieces: The Capitoline Brutus January 18, 2013 - May 1, 2013

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the icons of Roman art on view in the MFA’s Roman Art Gallery only through May 1. The Capitoline “Brutus,” a world-famous bronze portrait of a Roman statesman is on loan from the Palazzo dei Conservatori/Capitoline Museum, Rome, for...

Johan Thorn Prikker, "Holländische Kunstausstellung in Krefeld (Dutch Art Exhibition in Krefeld)," 1903
Art in the Street: European Posters December 15, 2012 - July 21, 2013

The international poster mania of the 1890s made fine art accessible to the masses, bringing it out of the salon into the streets and shop windows. Great posters proliferated, however, long after this “golden age,” as revealed by the standout images in “Art in the Street”...

Lacquer Boat, Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th–19th century
Chinese Lacquer 1200–1800 November 16, 2012 - September 8, 2013

Chinese lacquer, derived from the sap or resin of trees native to China, has been made for more than 2,000 years. Technically challenging and time-consuming to create, lacquer was considered a luxury material, on par with gold and silver, and was created for the Imperial court and wealthy elite,...

Kang Ik-Joong, "Happy Buddha," 2008
Divine Depictions: Korean Buddhist Paintings November 16, 2012 - June 23, 2013

The official philosophy of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) was Confucianism. Buddhism was suppressed during this period, but in practice, many, including the royal family, continued to believe in Buddhism and to support temples financially. Many temples moved out of the towns to...

Probably Aleardo Villa, "Advertising card for the Mele department stores," about 1900
The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection October 24, 2012 - April 14, 2013

In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, e-mail, Flickr, and Facebook, all wrapped into one. A postcard craze swept the world, as billions of cards were bought and mailed, or just pasted into albums. Many famous artists turned to the new medium, but one of the great pleasures of...

Albrecht Dürer, "Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I (detail)," dated 1522, begun 1518
Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper October 21, 2012 - June 16, 2013

“Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper” features examples of the various ways in which European rulers and their aristocratic followers have been represented on paper from the sixteenth century to 1900. In several instances (as with Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, Henri II...

Mario Testino, "Tom Brady, New York," 2012
Mario Testino: In Your Face October 21, 2012 - February 3, 2013

Get an inside look at some of today’s most elusive and exclusive subjects through the lens of renowned celebrity photographer and Vogue and Vanity Fair contributor Mario Testino. Testino's first US exhibition represents the brilliant range and quality of his thirty-year career and...

Mario Testino, "HRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, St James Palace," 2010
Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits October 21, 2012 - June 16, 2013

Shortly after photographer Mario Testino went to England from his native Peru in 1976, he took his first photograph of British royalty, an impromptu shot of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her grandson, Prince Edward, as they passed by crowds gathered in London’s streets to...

Daniel Rich, "Milad Tower," Tehran, 2012
Daniel Rich: Platforms of Power September 29, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Remembered by SMFA faculty and staff as a particularly disciplined student, New York painter Daniel Rich has spent a decade investigating the link between architecture, nationalism, and political power. Rich works from Google images, newspapers, and his own photographs. His labor-intensive and...

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