As the fifth largest American museum, the Museum of Fine Arts plays host to about a million visitors each year. Smithsonian Magazine notes that it houses more than 500,000 objects comprised of artifacts and artworks from different cultures and time periods. That’s why its 140 galleries can be rather hard to navigate.
Here are three of the must-see exhibits inside one of the most comprehensive collections on the planet.
The Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery aka Gallery 252 is dedicated to housing the museum’s collection of paintings from the French Impressionist Claude Monet. It’s one of the largest collections of Monet’s work outside of his native France. Most of Monet’s work is from the late 1800s, and he was one of the first painters to master capturing images en-plain-air (or in plain air), developing Impressionism in ways that differentiated him from his masterful contemporaries.
This gallery includes Meadow with Poplars from 1875, Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argentuil, La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume) and Morning on the Seine – each of which are representative of Monet’s different specialties in terms of the Impressionist painting technique.
Making Modern Exhibit
This multi-gallery exhibit explores some of the most influential artists and styles from the 20th century. There’s Kahlo and Her Circle at Gallery 335, showcasing the works of the iconic Mexican modernist alongside her social realist contemporaries, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Meanwhile, Gallery 328 is host to Pollock/Picasso, which explores the contrasts between pioneering cubism and the development of abstraction. Other iconic 20th century artists like Beckmann, Hogman, and O’Keefe are also included in the exhibit. It’s a great exhibit to visit if you’re in need of inspiration for your DIY art projects – something that we encourage here at hoopLA.
The Ancient World Collection
While the museum is famous for its large collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings and its 20,000 Japanese woodblock prints, not many are aware that it also has thousands of artifacts in The Ancient World collection. This includes many depictions of some of the most iconic figures from ancient history and mythology – coins minted with the faces of Roman emperors, amulets bearing the protective Eye of Horus, several carvings of the gorgon Medusa – all of which continue to inspire pop culture. Indeed many visitors will come to the museum to find out more on the historical figures they have seen in TV shows, films, and books. Often media platforms will give an overview of the historic and mythological figures they present, which will inspire people to find out more about them. The online digital slot game Medusa by Foxy Bingo focuses on the traditional story and portrayal of the famous gorgon, that is known across the world. By visiting museums like the MFA, visitors will be able to see how Medusa was depicted by various cultures. This will lead to greater depth and understanding of the history behind the popular myths and figures.
There’s no chance that you’ll be able to savor every one of the galleries and exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in one visit. That’s why the museum is ideal for repeat visits. It’s always good idea to dedicate some of your weekends to art history.