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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Founded in 1870, #mfaBoston encompasses an encyclopedic collection, representing all cultures & time periods. Home of #RileyTheMuseumDog.

Charging into the end of the week like #GeorgeWashington in #ThomasSully's "The Passage of the Delaware." (1819). Stop by to visit tonight—admission is free every Wednesday from 4 to 10 pm!

#TriviaTuesday: In ancient Egypt, small figurines such as this one were placed in the tomb to perform tasks in the afterlife on behalf of the deceased. What were these objects called?

The priceless grin on the face of #MeghanMarkle’s page boy was a favorite moment of the #RoyalWedding. It reminds us of another page—Wentworth Beaumont, depicted here in this monumental #JohnSingerSargent painting of Charles Stewart, the Sixth Marquess of Londonderry, at the coronation of King Edward VII. Wentworth carries Lord Londonderry’s velvet robes and holds his coronet. Did Wentworth crack a smile during the occasion? Mr. #Sargent would never tell, but we’re guessing the 12-year-old slipped once or twice 😀

Remembering artist #RobertIndiana with a proof for a poster of his iconic rendering of "Love" (1966). 💙 💚

Happy birthday to #MaryCassatt! In "Interior with a French Screen" (about 1879, on view in our Art of the Americas Wing), Cassatt just barely captures the details of this comfortable domestic scene—the very informality enhances its suggestion of a casual subject.

Don't miss your last chance to see "#Klimt and Schiele: Drawn," closing May 28! The exhibition marks the centenary of the deaths of #GustavKlimt and Egon Schiele with 60 rarely seen drawings on loan from @albertinamuseum in Vienna.
Pictured: "Seated Woman in a Pleated Dress" (about 1903), Gustav Klimt.

Collector. Businessman. Historian. Author. Philanthropist. Fred Sharf (1934–2017) was a Renaissance man as well as an exceptional friend, adviser and donor to the MFA. Now on view, a new installation honors his extraordinary generosity and vision through design drawings and illustration, fashion and jewelry, models and prints from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, as well as gifts he inspired others to make.

#AlbertBierstadt made this field sketch during his first trip to Nebraska Territory, depicting Lakota [Western Sioux] men posing peacefully with their weapons and regalia. Their trade blankets and jewelry suggest a long history of Euro-American and Native interactions. However, the work does not capture the turmoil raging through the Plains at the time. Important treaties made and broken at Fort Laramie during the 1850s and 60s helped set the stage for the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. The Lakota and their allies defeated U.S. forces just days before people on the East Coast celebrated the 100th anniversary of Independence Day—and the public opening of the MFA.
Pictured: "Indians near Fort Laramie" (about 1859), on view in "Collecting Stories: Native American Art." The exhibition explores the range of perspectives, motivations and voices involved in building the early holdings of Native American art at the MFA.

Hello, @calebxcole here taking over for the day! Much of my work is about belonging and my piece “The Big Sister,” on view in the exhibition “(un)expected families,” addresses feelings of belonging and shifting familial roles. On a recent visit to the museum, I was struck by #Degas’ “Duchessa di Montejasi with Her Daughters” and the complicated family relationship it portrays. The woman’s daughters nearly exit the frame, unconcerned with her, and she is left alone to look out past the viewer. What do we make of her expression, the way she holds her hands?

Hello, @calebxcole here taking over for the day! I’m an artist whose piece “The Big Sister” is included in the exhibition “(un)expected families.” It’s from my series “Odd One Out” where I alter found group photographs to remove everyone except for a single person who seems to have something else going on—the outsider, those who feel separated from the group they are physically close to. I recently visited the museum with the explicit purpose of finding artwork of groups to alter—these are some of the people I identified with and wanted to know more about. Who are they? What are they thinking?
Pictured: @calebxcole’s altered versions of “Salle de Physique” (1794–1802) by Reinier Vinkeles; “Women of Paris: The Circus Lover” (1885) by James Jacques Joseph Tissot; “The Tea Party” (about 1824) by Henry Sargent; and a photograph of a Museum School class at the MFA’s original Copley Square entrance.

On Sunday, artist @calebxcole, whose work is on view in the #photography exhibition “(un)expected families,” is taking over our Instagram! Caleb is fascinated by the dynamics of group photographs found at estate sales and flea markets, digitally altering them to isolate the single, lonely figure—the “odd one out.” On a recent visit to the MFA, he explored the galleries to find “the odd one out” in works from our collection. Tune in to see what he came up with!

Do you have a work of art from our collection that you'd like to learn more about? @sumanprava recently requested "Patio with Black Door" (1955) by #GeorgiaOKeeffe, and this post is for her 👋 Comment with your requests, and we'll plan on featuring your choice in a future post! 💌
In 1945, O’Keeffe purchased and, with the help of her friend Maria Chabot, began to restore a 5,000-square-foot ruined Spanish Colonial residential compound in the small hilltop town of Abiquiu, New Mexico. She would own the property until her death in 1986, and its spaces and vistas inspired many of her paintings, including several depictions of the enclosed adobe patio at the heart of the complex. This canvas is one of the artist's most striking paintings of the subject—a quiet meditation on the infinite variety of shades of adobe, earth and sky.

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