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AP Art History @ the MFA Boston

April 19, 2018

The Museum of Fine Art in Boston is not a museum to be tackled lightly; I’ve been twice and still have not seen it all. Between by two trips over summer and Thanksgiving, I have tried to catalogue the pieces from the AP Art History 250 curriculum owned by the MFA with their locations (exactly like I did for the Metropolitan Museum in New York).

Disclaimer: I only choose the pieces that were the EXACT ones from the 250; if you want to see a more comprehensive list of pieces from the 250 I’ve seen check out this post HERE.

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King Menkaura and queen. Old Kingdom, Fourth Dynasty. c. 2490–2472 B.C.E. Greywacke.

Location: Gallery 207, George D. and Margo Behrakis Gallery (these were a lot smaller in person than I expected and I was disappointed)

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Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On). Joseph Mallord William Turner. 1840 C.E. Oil on canvas.

Location: Gallery 251, The Beal Gallery (I almost missed this piece because it’s tucked into a corner by the doorway to another room, awful spot!)

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Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Paul Gauguin. 1897–1898 C.E. Oil on canvas.

Location: Gallery 255, Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (you can’t miss this piece because it takes up one whole wall by itself)

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Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Katsushika Hokusai. 1830–1833 C.E. Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper.

Location: this was a special exhibit about Hokusai, so I do not know if it is permanently on display and apparently the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC also owns a copy.

Not on display while I was there but apparently the MFA also owns…

  • Night Attack on the Sanjô Palace. Kamakura Period, Japan. c. 1250–1300 C.E. Handscroll (ink and color on paper).

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