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A flower arrangement by our MFA Associates, in honor of the #BostonMarathon. Good luck to all the runners! The Museum is closed today for #PatriotsDay, but will reopen Tuesday at 10 am.
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"An Enchanted Land: A Century of Indian Paintings at the MFA," now on view, features extraordinary examples of Indian painting, made in the Rajput kingdoms of North India between the 17th and 19th centuries. They were brought to the Museum by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, the founder and first curator of our Indian collection.
Pictured: "Abhisarika Nayika (The heroine who goes to meet her lover)," Northern India (Guler or Kangra), late 18th century.
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"View of New York" is an ironic title for this 1931 #CharlesSheeler painting, for it does not depict a cityscape at all but shows the interior of the artist’s studio in New York. He called the image “the most severe picture I ever painted,” but it was also one of his most personal. #HeartArt
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This earring (525–330 BC) is inlaid on both sides with multi-colored, semi-precious stones. Its design may represent the king revered by the six "Great Houses" of the empire, the land of Persia surrounded by the six world regions, or the supreme god Ahuramazda surrounded by the six “Bounteous Immortals.” Explore more art from Iran and beyond during today's celebration of #Nowruz, the Persian New Year, at the MFA! #HeartArt
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German painter #MaxBeckmann was born #OnThisDay in 1884. This "Double Portrait" (1946), made the year before he immigrated to the United States, shows two of his closest friends. Hanns Swarzenski was a scholar of medieval art and a former MFA curator, and Curt Valentin (seen holding a candle) was a New York art dealer who did much to promote Beckmann's reputation in America. The scene is a testament to the power of friendship and those who tended the light of civilization and civility during the long dark years of the Nazis.
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“I want to make of Impressionism an art as solid as that of the museums.” —Paul #Cezanne, born #OnThisDay in 1839. #ArtQuote
Pictured: "Self-Portrait with a Beret," about 1898–99, on view in our "#Impressionism and Beyond" gallery.
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Massing of geometric forms keeps the eye dancing across the mosaic surface of this brooch (about 1992) by #JohnIversen, on view in "Massed Media."
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The rhythmic repetition of smokestacks in #CharlesSheeler's "Fugue" (1940) likely inspired the title, which refers to a musical theme. Clearly the scene resonated with Sheeler; he returned to this grouping of smokestacks in two related works and produced other industrial scenes with musical titles during the 1940s. See "Fugue" and other works by Sheeler in "Making Modern."
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Twelfth Night marks the end of the Christmas season and beginning of Epiphany. It celebrates the arrival (12 days after Christ’s birth) of the Three Kings, led by a star to the newborn Jesus. In "Twelfth Night Feast" (1662), Jan Havicksz. Steen depicts the jovial atmosphere of a prosperous Dutch family’s celebrations. Notice the painting’s many details: egg shells litter the floor where children play with candles symbolic of the Kings, while at the table, adults carouse as a boy offers the little “king” a bite of his holiday waffle.
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Our favorite dancing couple is spinning back into the galleries! Pierre-Auguste #Renoir’s “Dance at Bougival” (1883) is now on view in #Impressionism and Beyond.
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