Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston, MA



(above: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2021, photo © John Hazeltine)


Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

Winslow Homer: American Scenes (6/24/08)

"Edward Hopper" at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (5/11/07)

Cecily Brown (11/28/06)

Sargent, Chase, Cassatt: Master Paintings from a Private Collection (8/31/06)

Americans in Paris, 1860-1900 (8/30/06)


American West: Dust and Dreams (7/11/05)

A Studio of Her Own: Boston Women Artists, 1870 - 1940 (2/16/01)

American Folk (2/15/01)

View From Above: The Photographs of Bradford Washburn (3/4/00)

Martin Johnson Heade (10/2/99)

John Singer Sargent (6/2/99)


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 400,000 objects. The Museum's collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments.

The Museum is located at Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5523. Please see the Museum's website for details on hours and admissions.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of Boston-area museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston partnered with the Forum Network for:

Modern Art in America, (43 minutes) in which Heather Cotter, Museum of Fine Arts Gallery Lecturer, gives an overview of the roots of American modern art using examples from the Museum's collection. This talk in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts investigates the foundations of modern art in America, focusing on works by Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur Dove, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis. [September 28, 2003]

Picturing Boston: Painting the Town, 42 minutes) a lecture by Erica Hirshler, senior curator, Museum of Fine Arts, who uses images from the MFA's collection to explore how artists represented Boston and its inhabitants throughout its history. [April 13, 2003]

At Home and Abroad: American Expatriate Artists, (56 minutes) in which Heather Cotter, fellow, Adult Learning Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, explores the various influences reflected in the art of American expatriate artists -- including John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and James McNeill Whistler -- working at home and abroad. [Spring, 2003]

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 located the following books published in connection with exhibitions at the Museum. Book names may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using Traditional Fine Arts Organization's website.

Catalogue of Paintings, by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Painting - 1921 - 269 pages

American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: With a ..., by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, George Munson Curtis, Florence Virginia Berger - Church plate, American - 1911 - 163 pages. Introduction, "Early silversmiths of Connecticut," signed: George Munson Curtis.

American Silver: The Work of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Silversmiths ..., by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Richard Townley Haines Halsey, John Henry Buck - Plate - 1906 - 100 pages


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Geographic Tour of American Representational Art History a catalogue of articles and essays that describe the evolution of American art from the inception of the United States to WWII.

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