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AP Art History Hunting: Museum of Fine Art, Boston

AP Art History Hunting: Museum of Fine Art, Boston

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.


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)


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!)


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)


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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