Expand your knowledge of the MFA through new artistic experiences when you engage with the MFA’s galleries and experts. Each seminar-like section is led by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructor who guides participants in dialogues with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Each section limited to 16 participants. Click on the title for more information, including the session dates.

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In This Series

Arthur Garfield Dove, That Red One, 1944

Lectures and Courses

Landscapes through the Ages
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Landscapes through the Ages Looking Together on Tuesday, March 14 was cancelled. The new...

Francisco Goya, Seated Giant, by 1818

Lectures and Courses

Durer, Goya, Degas: Painter/Printmakers
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm
Occurs every week except Apr 12.

It is a cliché that “great painters make great prints,” but it is also true. These three painter/printmakers are very well represented in the Museum...

Henri Matisse, Vase of Flowers, 1924

Lectures and Courses

An Artist in His Space: Matisse
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:30 pm8:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Henri Matisse was one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century. He was a close friend and a great rival to Pablo Picasso, and...

Sandro Botticelli's painting, Minerva and the Centaur, about 1482

Lectures and Courses

Master Paintings Visit Boston
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
1:30 pm3:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Take a closer look at “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine” and “Matisse in the Studio.” Nancy Ketterer, adjunct instructor.

Lectures and Courses

Memory Unveiled
Thursday, May 18, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Explore “Memory Unearthed” and “I must tell you what I saw” to investigate the harsh realities of the Lodz Ghetto, historical acts of violence, mass...

Lectures and Courses

Matisse and Materiality
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Take a closer look at the diverse objects that inspired Matisse’s studio practice, and explore their influence on his innovative use of different...

Lectures and Courses

Political Intent
Monday, June 5, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm
Occurs every week.

How do artists raise questions about representation, inclusion, and power dynamics with political intent? Discuss works that voice perspectives on...

Sandro Botticelli's painting, Minerva and the Centaur, about 1482

Lectures and Courses

Master Paintings Visit Boston
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
1:30 pm3:00 pm
Occurs every week.

Take a closer look at “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine” and “Matisse in the Studio.” Nancy Ketterer, adjunct instructor.

Sandro Botticelli, Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist

Lectures and Courses

Botticelli and Crisis of Faith
Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm
Occurs every week.

Examining Botticelli’s crisis of faith in the 1490s, explore the impact of the charismatic Dominican monk Savonarola on Renaissance art in...