Gmar Chatimah Tova`. A shofar, such as this 19th-century example from Poland, is made of a ram’s horn and blown at Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of #YomKippur. The 26-hour fast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins this evening at sundown and ends tomorrow after nightfall.
“The feeling of belonging is an existential need that is helped tremendously by feeling welcome. I was pleasantly surprised to find out about the MFA Citizens program. I always found the MFA to be the most unique venue that exists in Boston. Especially if you like some creativity in your life, or if you’re feeling stuck, or if you’d like to change your way of thinking. Inviting a friend or sharing a conversation while being surrounded by art, I think, has been very helpful to see things differently.” . We’re celebrating #NationalCitizenshipDay with Alba Martini, who is originally from Albania and became a U.S. citizen in 2017. Alba recently joined our MFA Citizens program, which offers free family memberships to newly naturalized Americans living in Massachusetts.
Do you have a work of art from our collection that you'd like to learn more about? @casual.capybara recently requested "The Taking of Christ" (about 1620), by an unidentified Flemish artist, and this post is for them 👋 Comment with your requests, and we'll plan on featuring your choice in a future post! 💌 . . In this dramatic close-up view of the Arrest of Christ, each person is shown reacting in the moment after Judas’s kiss revealed Christ to the soldiers. Vivid gestures and expressions tell the story: the soldiers seize Christ, St. Peter raises his knife to smite off the ear of an enemy, others recoil in horror. Light from different sources highlights hands and faces, intensifying the narrative. This artist, like many throughout Europe, adopted the theatrical style of the Roman/Neapolitan painter Caravaggio.
Born #onthisday in 1903, artist #KarlZerbe completed this self-portrait in 1949 in post-WWII America. Following in the tradition of German Expressionst painters who often portrayed Biblical stories of salvation and redemption post-WWI, Zerbe depics himself in the guise of Job, a long-suffering figure from the Old Testmanent. In 1943, art historian H.W. Janson decalred of Zerbe: "He sweeps like a comet across the skies of America. You will hear much of Zerbe. He is the first and only virtuoso in painting to appear in America."
“These dolls’ houses are very much tied to women… they are not for children, they were not toys." Set in 17th-century Amsterdam, the period thriller #TheMiniaturistPBS continues this Sunday on @masterpiecepbs! In this video featuring a dolls' house currently on view at the MFA (from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo), curatorial research fellow Courtney Harris discusses the unexpected role of these objects in the #DutchGoldenAge.
Do you have a work of art from our collection that you'd like to learn more about? @mmazzone00 recently requested #JosiahMcElheny's "Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism" (2007), and this post is for them 👋 Comment with your requests, and we'll plan on featuring your choice in a future post! 💌 . . McElheny created this mirrored installation with a critical eye on histories of innovation, ornament and display that shaped European Modernism. He hand-blew each glass vessel based on sleek Italian, Austrian, Czech and Scandinavian designs from 1910–90. Then he precisely positioned them within this polished cube to capture their endless repetition as infinite assembly lines of 20th-century design. #ContemporaryArt
On September 21, award-winning actress, writer and comedian #ObehiJanice (@fufuandoreos) examines our exhibition "Casanova's Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century" through a night of comedy and performance. "Obehi Janice: Casanova" delves into Casanova's libertine persona, present-day racial and sexual politics, and the humor found in tearing down museum walls. The first performance at 7:30 pm is sold out, but there are still tickets left for the second session at 9:30 pm! Check out our Instagram Story for behind-the-scenes footage as Obehi preps for the back-to-back shows at the MFA. 🎥: @max_esposito_ 📷: @ninagallant_
The diffuse particles of powdered pigment in this pastel by Edgar #Degas evoke the damp air of the Normandy coast. It likely represents the newly popular resort town of Houlgate, with its cliff-nestled buildings. . . Pictured: "Cliffs on the Edge of the Sea" (1869), on view in "French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault" alongside other masterworks by Degas and his contemporaries.