Rembrandt, Dürer, Turner, Picasso—what do they have in common? If your answer is that they all provided illustrations for books, you’d be right. And all of them are represented in the Museum of Fine Arts’s collection of illustrated books. The MFA is one of the few art museums to have a significant collection of rare books, from medieval manuscripts to artist’s books of today. Join us to explore some of the collection’s greatest treasures, including one 15th-century book that is so rare and special it caused a visiting French scholar to stop short, gasp, and burst out with an amazed “quel livre!!” when she saw it. Come and find out what got her so excited!
Above: Pierre Belon, De aquatilibus, Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553. Illustrated book with hand-colored woodcuts. Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow