on September 27, 2012
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has one of the USA's oldest and most important art museums. The collection spans millennia and the globe, so it is too much to see on one visit. We tried to make the best of it by going with a Context Travel docent, an art history scholar, so we could concentrate on some of the major holdings of the museum, including it's Renaissance and Baroque European collections, the modern galleries, and the American Collection.We were able to admire the recent major renovations and expansion. Our docent gave us some insight into the patronage frequently behind the holdings as well as social and political forces behind many of the artworks. We focused on Western art and the European and American collections; but also had a quick visit to the Asian galleries and the ancient Egyptian collection, both of which are tops in North America.The new Art of the Americas wing was particularly interesting with the museum's collection of colonial art and works from early artists such as Copley and Revere as well as 19th century works by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.There was a lot which we only glimpsed but after four hours, we managed to see a lot to admire and came away appreciating the MFA.
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