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It’s Music Monday! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the MFA’s musical instruments collection—one of the oldest in the US. This 18th-century French pedal harp was among the first instruments acquired by the Museum. The graceful outline of harps lends itself to carved and painted decoration, which here includes rural scenes on the soundboard and Chinese-inspired designs on both sides of...
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A peasant woman trudges through the snow, her arms taut with the weight of two buckets. This picture combines Camille Pissarro's sympathy for rural labor with his interest in winter landscapes. He returned to these infinitely varied shades of white—from pearl pink to ice blue—again and again throughout his career. #HeartArt

Pictured: "Morning Sunlight on the Snow, Éragny-sur-Epte," 1895.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born #OnThisDay in 1929. We’re honoring him with free admission & programs tomorrow at our MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston, presented with Citizens Bank.

Pictured: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," 1985, John Wilson, on view in "Wilson/Cortor."
Clockmaker Lemuel Curtis began producing timepieces in his shop in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1811. An ad taken out in Boston asserted that his clocks were "the best modeled, and proportioned, and surpassing, in elegance of appearance, any timepiece ever invented.” The Museum’s girandole wall clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) is a type patented by Curtis in 1816.
Have you ever craved a giant plate of pickles? In 18th-century England, pickles were traditionally a winter delicacy served in a platter like this, either as a salad or accompaniment to roasted meats. #HeartArt

Pictured: Pickle stand, English (London), about 1755, made at Bow Manufactory.
Have you ever craved a giant plate of pickles? In 18th-century England, pickles were traditionally a winter delicacy served in a platter like this, either as a salad or accompaniment to roasted meats. #HeartArt

Pictured: Pickle stand, English (London), about 1755, made at Bow Manufactory.
Eldzier Cortor's iconic depictions of black women present them as transcendent symbols of the African American spirit.

Pictured: "Blue Odalisque," 1998, on view in "Wilson/Cortor."
"I often describe this print as probably the most profound and most important print to come out of my studio in the 32 years I've been a master printer." James Stroud discusses working with John Wilson on his prints of Martin Luther King Jr.

See the series at our free MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston, presented with Citizens Bank.
Jamie Wyeth's iconic "Portrait of John F. Kennedy" (1967) is now on view for a limited time in the MFA's Carol Vance Wall Rotunda. This spring, the painting will be included in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's special exhibition marking the centennial of JFK's birth.
Have you stepped inside William Merritt Chase's "Tenth Street Studio" yet? It's your final weekend to see works by the modern master in our exhibition and share your photos using #mfaChase!
"It's very, very moving." —Michael Cortor, son of artist Eldzier Cortor, reflects on seeing his father's works at the Museum. See paintings, prints and drawings by Cortor at our MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston, presented with Citizens Bank.
Commissions for portraits of children and adults alike were a mainstay for John Singer Sargent throughout his career, reflecting his gift for capturing individuality in sitters of all ages.

Pictured: "Robert de Cévrieux," 1879. See works by Sargent, born #OnThisDay in 1856, in our Art of the Americas Wing.
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MFA Film: Ms. 45

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Massing of geometric forms keeps the eye dancing across the mosaic surface of this brooch (about 1992) by John Iversen, on view in "Massed Media."
With great sense of timing, Imogen Cunningham captured fascinating glimpses into human behavior—like this 1953 photograph of nuns at an Alexander Calder exhibition.

See more in "Imogen Cunningham: In Focus." bit.ly/2idNrhD
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Lunar New Year at MFA Boston

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“John was looking and helping us to really see—not just look at subject matter, but to really see.” —Robert Freeman, artist and student of John Wilson.

See Wilson’s etchings of Martin Luther King Jr. at our free MLK Day Open House, sponsored by Citizens Bank: bit.ly/2iDtxPb
#TriviaTuesday: Thomas Sully's "The Passage of the Delaware" (1819) commemorates a turning point in the American Revolution, when General George Washington and his troops unexpectedly crossed the dangerously ice-clogged Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in a snow storm to surprise the English forces. Which battle did they engage in the next day?
It’s Music Monday! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the MFA’s musical instruments collection—one of the oldest in the US. This 19th-century German armonica was among the first instruments acquired by the Museum. Benjamin Franklin invented this particular type of musical glasses—with bowls mounted on a horizontal axle and rotated with a foot pedal and flywheel—in 1761 and dubbed it the...
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