Museum of Fine Arts, Boston@mfaboston

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This griffin wall light was designed by celebrated collector and interior designer Thomas Hope to hang in his own house in London. Sacred to the light-giving sun deity Apollo, griffins were believed to be guardians of the sacred flame and were often used as lighting devices by Regency designers. #HeartArt
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Pictured: Griffin wall light, about 1802, on view in the Art of the English Regency Gallery.


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Sharing some inspiration for your gingerbread creations this holiday season! 🎨: "The Poor Man's Store," 1885, John Frederick Peto #HeartArt


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Among the oldest images in our #photography exhibition "(un)expected families" are tintypes of "hidden mothers" (1860s–70s), depicting infants in the laps of concealed adults—a trick to keep the children still during long portrait sittings and exposures. The mothers or nursemaids were draped with scarves or blankets, or hidden behind furniture or painted backdrops.


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MFA conservators recently treated this 5th-century B.C. oil flask (lekythos) for display in our new gallery dedicated to “Daily Life in Ancient Greece.” It was reassembled from multiple fragments, but losses in the design were extremely distracting. The treatment involved adding modern fills to the missing areas: layers of reversible adhesive were first applied to the edges of the breaks before the fill materials were added. These layers protect the original surfaces and make the fills easy to remove in the future. The bright white fills were then painted to match the surrounding areas, but in a slightly different tone and texture so that they can be seen upon close looking. #mfaConservation


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Herakles, Judith and the Kneeling Knight are ready for Jedi training! #StarWars #LastJedi


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#GeorgeRomney, born #onthisday in 1734, was one of 18th-century England's most sought-after portraitists, and his works' popularity endured. This painting achieved a world-record price for any work of art when auctioned in London in 1913.
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Pictured: "Anne, Lady de la Pole," 1786, on view in our "Artists on the Move in 18th-Century Europe" gallery.


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This week's fan favorite goes to @ashnberry—thanks for posing with #Degas' Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer! Enter next week using #mfaBoston.


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Today, Instagram hashtags and Snapchat filters are a big part of our wedding celebrations. The ancient Greeks, however, documented their nuptials in a much different way—through art. This vessel, created about 2,400 years ago, provides a glimpse of the Greek wedding, beginning with the groom and the bearded father of the bride shaking hands (shown here) and ending with the married couple approaching the groom’s mother.
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Pictured: “Bathing vessel (loutrophoros) with a bridal procession” (450–425 B.C.). Wondering who all the other people are? An interactive game inside our new "Daily Life in Ancient Greece" gallery invites you to identify the members of the wedding procession.


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What's new at the MFA? The Museum's first painting by #DavidAlfaroSiqueiros (1896–1974) was installed in the Lower Rotunda by Bryan and Paul from our facilities department this morning! One of the most influential muralists of the 20th century, #Siqueiros is best known as the most politically radical of “los tres grandes” (the Three Great Ones), the influential group of Mexican artists that includes Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Siqueiros filled walls across the Americas, and his radical politics and beliefs in the transformative power of modern art are alive in this recently acquired "Autorretrato con espejo (Self-portrait with Mirror)" (1937).


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#WednesdayWisdom from Professor Nobuo Tsuji, @takashipom's collaborator and mentor: “The Shinto influence made Buddhism more distinctly Japanese, and this is strongly reflected in Japanese religious art—very decorative, elegant, and refined.”
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Pictured: "Shaka, the Historical Buddha," late 10th–early 11th centuries. See it alongside Murakami's works in "Takashi #Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."


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#Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the defeat of the Seleucid kingdom by the Maccabees in the 2nd century B.C. At the time, a small amount of consecrated olive oil burned miraculously for eight days, the period celebrated today by lighting one flame each night of the holiday.
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Pictured: Hanukkah Lamp, about 1750. Explore more works of Judaica at our free Hanukkah celebration with @jartsboston and @cjpboston on Wednesday evening!


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#TriviaTuesday: The tiled and thatched roofs of the houses form a mesmerizing patchwork of color in this 1890 landscape by #VanGogh. Do you know where it was painted?


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