On another solo visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I completed touring the Art of Europe galleries, traveling through 17th-century Dutch and Flemish, gaudy 18th-century French decorative art, 19th-century art deemed worthy by the Academy, and finally Impressionism and post-Impressionism.
Then I took the guided tour of the Art of the Americas wing, learning more about old favorites and some new surprises. I’ll probably work my way more methodically through those galleries on my next visit. Before departing I stopped in the Made in the Americas exhibition which was mostly decorative arts and textiles and seemed less interesting than similar exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum. And I finished with the delightful Musical Instruments collection. I wish I could hear a concert on those instruments.
I like how Christ’s hands rest on the bottom frame.Hans Memling, “Christ Blessing,” 1481
Baby Jesus holds his own foot. That’s very baby. Tilman Riemenshneider, “Virgin and Child on the Crescent Moon,” about 1490-95
Face to face. German (Cologne School), Detail from “The Crucifixion,” around 1485-1515
Ready to paint you! Rembrandt van Rijn, “Artist in his Studio,” about 1628
Join the feast! Jan Steen, “Twelfth Night Feast,” 1662
Antonio Stradivari, “Small Violin (violino piccolo),” 1774
The most disturbing artwork can be the most effective. Joseph Mallord William Turner, “Slave Ship,” 1840
Between Vermeer and Hopper. Vilhelm Hammershai, “Woman in an Interior,” 1900-09
Sarah Bernhard was metal! Sarah Bernhard, “Fantastic Inkwell (Self-Portrait as a Sphinx),” 1880
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Victorious Venus,” 1903
Vincent van Gogh, “Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (La Berceuse),” 1889
Is the male figure taking a selfie? Auguste Rodin, “Eternal Springtime,” 1881
Looks like she’s ready to dance with the museum visitors. Edgar Degas, “Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer,” 1878-81
Time to rest. Antonio López García, “Night Niña con los ojos cerrados,” 1998