Torii Kotondo was known for his paintings of beautiful women, as well as for a small number of excellent print designs that were made in the late 1920s and early 1930s. An unconfirmed rumor claims that production of this print of a drowsy beauty, in bed under a mosquito net, was halted after only 70 sheets because censors decided that it was too suggestive.

Pictured: "Morning Hair," 1930, on...
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Actors and actresses dressed in the finest fashions well before the Academy Awards' famous red carpet! "Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse" (about 1789) depicts Shakespearean actress Sarah Siddons, who was known for portraying tragic heroines such as Lady Macbeth. A famous stage actress in her day, she wore silk taffeta and pearls for this portrait by Joshua Reynolds. #HeartArt
This suite of jewelry (about 1935) by the Parisian firm Verger Frères was owned by Oscar winner Joan Crawford. The actress wore the dress clip as a turban ornament in promotional photographs for her movie "The Women."

She must have liked the suite—the MFA’s jewelry curator has found images of the actress wearing it on at least seven separate occasions!
In Greek mythology, Medusa was punished for her sexual transgressions by being transformed into a serpent-haired monster—one so terrifying that anyone who gazed at her instantly turned to stone. In jewelry, her gruesome face and hair became a talisman to ward off evil. This 1906 pendant by Cartier Paris combines a Medusa head with an innovative garland-style design inspired by 18th-century...
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir renders this radiant landscape of the Seine just west of Paris with carefully differentiated brushwork, from the long, feathery strokes of the waving grasses to small, thick touches for the flowering trees. Renoir, born #OnThisDay in 1841, wrote to a friend at the time of the painting, “I’m struggling with trees in flower, with women and children, and I don’t want to look...
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Boston art museum directors speak out about National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and PBS as champions of art and culture across America.

NEA & NEH Instrumental at Each of Our Museums
Winslow Homer, considered one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century, was born in Boston #OnThisDay in 1836. The faces of figures in his paintings are often averted—a device the artist used often to make them less individual and, therefore, more universal. Pictured: "Boys in a Pasture," 1874, on view in the Art of the Americas Wing.
“To see somebody pursue their dreams and their inner vision relentlessly was an incredible model.” Julie, Erica and Roy Wilson, the wife and children of artist John Wilson, reflect on his life and work.

See Wilson’s prints and drawings dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience in the exhibition “Wilson/Cortor.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of our Indian art collection—the first at an American museum. The MFA's first curator of Indian art was Ananda Coomaraswamy (1887-1947), who was thrilled with the addition of this object to the collection. The fragment comes from the famous caves of Ajanta, today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Coomaraswamy noted striking evidence in the...
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Budding artists wait for the MFA to open this morning. Happy School Vacation Week!
The recent acquisition "Metal Virus" (2003) is one of three prints Terry Winters made at the innovative print workshop Mixografia in Los Angeles. Mixing ink with silver powder resulted in the print's sheen and appearance of being cast in metal.
Happy birthday to George Washington! In 1796, Gilbert Stuart painted this famous portrait, which became the source for the face of Washington (in reverse) on the US $1 bill.
Set in Boston, "Make Way for Ducklings" (1941) is a tale of mallard life in the city. See author and illustrator Robert McCloskey's drawings for the book in our exhibition and then join February Vacation Week activities to make your own animal-inspired art! [ Link ]
How are you spending School Vacation Week? At the MFA we’re creating animal-inspired art, going on family art tours and listening to stories! [ Link ]
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#TriviaTuesday: What's the name for this knot, which originally formed the centerpiece of a diadem? Hint: It's named after a Greek hero renowned for his strength.
Ansel Adams, born #OnThisDay in 1902, and his fellow Group f/64 member Imogen Cunningham were friends for more than four decades. In 1953, Cunningham fittingly photographed Adams in Yosemite National Park, where he produced some of his best-known landscapes.
Happy President's Day! In the late 1930s, Marsden Hartley began a series of large-scale portraits of personal heroes; he based "The Great Good Man" (1942) on a photograph of Abraham Lincoln by Matthew Brady.

See this work and others by Boston Expressionists in "Making Modern" at the MFA: [ Link ]
This Egyptian beadnet dress (2551–2528 BC) is the earliest surviving example of such a garment, painstakingly reassembled over three years from approximately 7,000 beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around the mummy, permitting an accurate reconstruction....
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