MFA Ambassadors Respond to the Collection

Through their work, the Museum’s group of work-study college students gain an intimate knowledge of the MFA’s collection on view. The 2021–22 Ambassadors have written a series of essays on the artworks that resonate with them the most. Some objects are cherished favorites; others present challenges. These insightful essays present new, unexpected, and thoughtful perspectives on some familiar works found throughout the Museum’s galleries.


Diana Fernandez
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Whenever I look at all the amazing landscapes on the second floor of MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing, I’m always drawn to one painting in particular…

Piz Bernina, Switzerland

Nina Foster
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Growing up, I was lucky enough to hike all over the country with family and friends, and to absorb their enthusiasm for the outdoors. I cherished…

Translated Vase

Kelly Guo
Thursday, June 2, 2022
I chose to write about Translated Vase (2011), a contemporary sculpture by Yee Sookyung. The object is made of ceramic fragments of contemporary vases…

Raven Steals the Moon

Julia Joyce
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Here is how I explain the layout of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to visitors in a hurry: “It’s separated by area of the world.” Except, it is not…

Shepard Parlor

Matthew Lopes
Thursday, June 2, 2022
As you walk through the galleries on the first floor of the Art of Americas Wing, you may find yourself in rooms full of furniture and paintings. If…

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase

Martina Lopez
Thursday, June 2, 2022
I moved to Boston in the summer of 2021. Perhaps moving 3,000 miles away to start graduate school in the midst of a global pandemic was not ideal, but…

Head of Medusa

Mary Rocha
Thursday, June 2, 2022
The #MeToo movement has brought cultures of sexual abuse and exploitation into the limelight. Historically, victims of abuse have been encouraged, if…


Lybille Rocher
Thursday, June 2, 2022
I first came across the pitcher by accident. I was new at the MFA, and my coworker was showing me funky objects most people don’t come to see in the…

The Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix

Anek Yen
Thursday, June 2, 2022
I immediately rushed over to the new galleries for art of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire when I found out they were finally open. I…


Jude Yoder
Thursday, June 2, 2022
In the MFA’s “Impressionism and Beyond” gallery, portraits of a husband and wife hang alongside one another. Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) painted…