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“The thought is stunning enough that you just stand there and stare.

In one sense, all you’re examining is a faded parchment covered with a copyist’s small but precise Latin lettering.

Until it hits you, again, that you’re looking at the seminal document in the development of limited government, individual rights and liberties, and the rule of law.

I’m talking about the Magna Carta, one of the four earliest copies of which is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts until Sept. 1. This instrument has influenced human thinking about the limits of rulers and the rights of people for large parts of the last 800 years . . . When I was there, viewers were captivated. You will be, too. This is one occasion when it’s perfectly acceptable to stand and gawk.”

Scot Lehigh tells the story of the Magna Carta for The Boston Globe: http://bit.ly/1oKEqdr. 
The thought is stunning enough that you just stand there and stare. In one sense, all you’re examining is a faded piece of parchment covered with a copyist’s small but precise Latin. Until it hits you, again, that you’re looking at the seminal document in the development of limited government, individual rights and liberties, and the rule of law. I’m talking about the Magna Carta, one of the four earliest copies of which is on display at the Muse...
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“Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” -Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 

Do you agree? Renoir's "Dance at Bougival" is on view in the newly renovated Impressionism Gallery.
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So pretty!!!
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No artworks were harmed in the making of this film. Six replicas of MFA artworks were used in The Wolverine. Did you spot them? #thewolverine  
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Ever wonder what it takes to create a sculpture? Swing by the MFA on Sunday afternoon for a free demonstration on the techniques and tools that have been used by sculptors for hundreds of years. Join us: http://bit.ly/1r399EI.

Auguste (René) Rodin, Psyche, 1899. On view in the newly renovated Impressionism Gallery.
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Sweet!
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Happy birthday John Singleton Copley! Visit the new Magna Carta exhibit and see one of Copley’s most famous works, a portrait of Samuel Adams. 

Copley portrays the fiery patriot after the 1770 Boston Massacre; he holds a scroll entitled “Instructions of the Town of Boston,” while pointing to the “Charter of William and Mary to Massachusetts.” Visit the patriot in the Magna Carta exhibition: http://bit.ly/1gXL8ZF.
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:) The head of S. Adams doesn't fit the smaller body!
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This week’s Instagram Fan Favorite is @lelespoto’s selfie taken with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive work. When you approach the screen you see your silhouette, composed of hundreds of verbs. The work examines the often passive relationship many of us have to monitors and screens, as well as the Internet’s virtual tracking of our every move. 

We’ll feature a new Instagram Fan Favorite each week. Use #MFABoston on Instagram to submit your photo taken at the MFA, and follow @mfaboston on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1dZf8Ui.
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The interactive work of Rafael Hemmer made us think, really think.
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  #throwbackthursday to '75—our Egyptian curator used to scare visitors, whispering from this sarcophagus.
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What would you write if you were dipping your pen in Sarah Bernhardt's Fantastic Inkwell? 

Celebrated stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt was also a sculptor, and this bronze inkwell is a self-portrait. In it, the body of a griffon, wings of a bat, and tail of a fish are combined into a mysterious image. Stop by the MFA this Sunday afternoon for free short tours.
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Creepy but...gorgeous!!!!
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Jasper Johns: Picture Puzzles opens today! In the 1960's, Johns made drawing and prints that included signs and symbols such as numbers, flags and targets. On view now: http://bit.ly/1qbVk5K.
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We just acquired an iconic portrait of John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth! Vicki Kennedy came to see the portrait installed at the MFA today.

The Kennedy family asked Jamie Wyeth to paint John F. Kennedy’s posthumous portrait when the artist was just 20 years old. He spent two years on the project, studying video footage and following Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy on the campaign trail to discern family traits and mannerisms. The result captured a look that Jamie observed in Ted, with one eye focused and the other drifting off into the distance— a look that Jacqueline Kennedy often observed and considered strikingly accurate.

See the painting beginning July 16 in a retrospective of Jamie Wyeth’s work: http://bit.ly/1yp4DVt, and read more in the The Boston Globe: http://bit.ly/1pVk3ze.
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John F Kennedy,I lovin' it.
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Getting ready for the 4th? Here's a peak into the MFA "closet" where a pair of  Stuart Weitzman "Star Spangled" shoes shares a shelf with the designer's "Y2K" heels. Would you wear them?
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This day marks the 238th anniversary of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. The Magna Carta celebrates its 799th anniversary this year and serves as a cornerstone for the Declaration of Independence, which emphasizes the importance of individual liberties.

See the Magna Carta, drafts of the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and historic artworks in our new exhibition: http://bit.ly/1gXL8ZF.
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I love this museum. One of my faves. :)
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Art MuseumToday 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
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The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
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People talk about john singer sargent, american wing, musical instruments, permanent collection and john singleton copley
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Sharon Knettell
reviewed a month ago
Go run and see the transcendent, breathtaking quilt show. I almost missed it- I said quilts- how good could they be? Puts most of the color field paintings to shame. Best show ever!
Lexi Singh
reviewed in the last week
This is a fantastic museum--probably the best I've ever been to. There are so many rooms and lots of variety. The restaurants in the museum are also pretty nice.
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Margaret Barthel
reviewed 7 months ago
The John Singer Sargent watercolors special exhibit was stunning! Really nicely put together--thematically by room--with a nice diversity of subjects and good explanatory text to accompany the paintings. Well worth the visit. And of course, the permanent collection is wonderful too--I'm a big fan of their American collection.
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Victor Wang
reviewed 3 months ago
Great museum/exhibits. Even greater are the First Friday parties that are held over the summers. Drinks/food are expensive, but it's definitely a classy and fun event. The lines get huge so make sure you show up very early if you want to make it in to a First Friday at the MFA.
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Asya Bashina
reviewed 9 months ago
Great collection of art. Very knowledgeable staff who loves their work. I love their events and food selection. Always great exhibits to see.
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Eric Newson
reviewed 6 months ago
It's such a huge museum but your ticket gets you access for a few days, so enjoy the museum for an hour or two each day. There's too much to do in one day. They have all different types of art work including stuff from American history, European, Asian, Egyptian, etc. I will go back next time I'm here. The museum has its own subway station stop.