Paintings of the Americas

Introducing the MFA’s first web-based publication of American paintings. 

Published to celebrate the highly acclaimed 2010 opening of the Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Paintings of the Americas, the MFA’s first freely accessible web-based catalogue, is a new way to experience one of the world’s finest collections of American paintings. Recent scholarship, innovative design, and up-to-date digital publishing technology bring the Museum’s spectacular American painting collection to readers as never before—and it’s completely free. 

The first publication in a generation to document the Museum’s world-renowned American paintings holdings, Paintings of the Americas gives in-depth information on more than 400 works on view in the American wing in a chronological sweep from the Colonial era to 20th-century modernism. Paintings of the Americas tells a compelling story of our nation and the Americas through diverse works from all the Americas and recent acquisitions as well as masterworks from Copley, Cassatt, Sargent, Eakins, and Homer and many more artists and movements of note.

From a personal computer or tablet, readers can freely explore on multiple levels: they can enjoy short topical essays; browse artwork; and review and bookmark individual object descriptions, bibliographies, provenance, and exhibition history. Paintings of the Americas presents groundbreaking research in an updatable format that allows for subsequent discoveries and interpretations. In print, a reference of this scope would be hundreds of pages and priced out of reach for budget-strapped students, libraries, or general audiences. With its elegant design and ease of access, Paintings of the Americas is a revolutionary new resource.

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