HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN, ABOUT 1500–10
Red chalk with touches of white opaque watercolor on prepared paper.
Turin, Biblioteca Reale.
Today a new exhibit opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston featuring 29 drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci. The exhibit entitled, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty, opens today and runs through Sunday, June 14th. The exhibit is made possible by loans from prominent Italian museums like the Uffizi and will include a rare showing of Codex on Flight.
The drawings from Da Vinci will also be accompanied by eight drawings by Michelangelo on loan from the Casa Buonarroti. Be sure to come to the MFA Boston and check out this must see exhibit.
More information here.
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has an exhibit that I plan on visiting this month and I hope you will too. Gordon Parks (1912–2006), one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is being featured in the MFA exhibit, Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott in Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 335).
This exhibition represents a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African American citizens, years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest. His photographs focus on the realities of life under segregation, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.
About Gordon Parks: In 1948, Gordon Parks became the first African American photographer to be hired full time by LIFE magazine. One of the rare African American photojournalists in the field, Parks was frequently given magazine assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover.
Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott is on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through September 13, 2015.
MFA Presents: HERB RITTS March 14-November 8, 2015
Herb Ritts (1952-2002) was a leading American fashion photographer in the 1980s and 1990s, known for his bold, sensual images of supermodels and celebrities. The MFA exhibit which opens later this week revisits the artist, whose 1996 retrospective “Herb Ritts: WORK” remains one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions to date.
Did you know that this is the year of the Goat? Neither did I, but you can learn a lot more about Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions and cultures at the MFA Boston on Saturday, February 21st because admission is FREE.
More information about the Year of the Goat.
More information about the MFA Boston.
With nominations for the 2015 Oscars announced today, I wanted to write about an exhibit at the MFA Boston that opened this past fall and may be of interest to those of you attracted to Hollywood glamour.
The MFA exhibit “Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of Hollywood starlets from that period, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford to name a few. Enjoy a glimpse of Hollywood in the Golden Age of glamour. The MFA exhibit closes Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Goya Portrait: Antonia Zarate y Aguirre
Goya Order and Disorder
on view through January 19, 2015
The Goya exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is a large and impressive collection that includes: portraiture, sport and allegory themed paintings, sketchings, print and tapestries. The exhibit starts very light and almost joyful showcasing some of Goya’s most prominent portraits of Spanish nobility. The portrait above of Antonia Zarate y Aguirre dates back to approximately 1805 and was one of my favorites in the exhibit.
However, as you walk through the eight room exhibit the family portraits give way to some darker subject matter. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites; the violence of sport (Bulls of Bordeaux), madness (Yard with Madmen), war (Attack on a Military Camp) and finally death (Garroted Man). The exhibit officially concludes with The Giant (also known as The Colossus) a smaller piece depicting a pensive giant looking over his shoulder.
Never too heavy handed, the exhibit really drew me in and gave me a greater
appreciation for Goya’s talent, the mediums he used and the external
influences that inevitably shaped his subject matter.
With colder weather on its way, this exhibit provides you with the perfect excuse to head to the MFA and check out this 170 piece collection.
Monday, October 13th The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public.
The MFA would like to invite you to spend Columbus Day visiting their exhibit “Goya: Order and Disorder” or checking out their eye popping, “Hollywood Glamour” exhibit that includes glittering gems and gowns. More information about the MFA Free Fall Open House, here.