Every year, hundreds of donors give works of art to enhance the MFA’s encyclopedic collection—a remarkable outpouring of generosity. This selection of featured gifts of art represents a sampling of transformative donations from visionary collectors. To learn more about these and other objects at the MFA, search the collection.

Featured Collections

Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection

This collection encompasses every major era of Japanese art, as well as select Chinese, Korean, Islamic, African, and Anatolian works.

Daphne Farago Collection

Since 2004, Daphne Farago has given or pledged more than 1,200 works of contemporary craft across a range of media, including fiber, glass, wood, ceramics, metal, and a renowned collection of studio jewelry.

Lane Collection

This transformational gift of works by 20th-century masters includes photographs by Ansel Adams, Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Robert Owen Lehman Collection

This collection features 34 rare West African works of art, with a focus on bronzes from the Benin Kingdom.

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Collection

This gift highlights three centuries of Jewish decorative arts and ritual objects, ranging from Hanukkah lamps to embroidered silk.