Touring the MFA

After Max and I toured the Old South Meetinghouse, we worked our way over to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of my favorite places in Boston!

Everything in the MFA is beautiful…even the lobby.

Max, at the base of the grand staircase.

And if you go up that staircase and look up into the rotunda, this is the gorgeous view.

I said to him, “Ohh…go stand by the large green thing!  It will make you look short!”  At nearly 6’6″, there’s not much that does that!

We spent nearly our entire visit touring the American Wing, focusing on the early American art, which includes: paintings, furniture, re-created rooms, textiles, architecture, sculpture, and more.  Here’s a glimpse at what we saw there.

The sign explaining these antlers (donated from an historic home in Portsmouth, NH) said that the colonists adopted the European custom of displaying antlers in their homes, and that it was meant to symbolize man’s dependence on, and dominion over, the natural world.

This is a sculpture that is displayed against a wall of glass, and the view outside is of an apartment building.  I loved the juxtaposition of the classic and the modern.

This antique door has panes of bulls eye glass.  I recently learned that glass at the time was blown into large flat discs, and then it was cut into individual panes.  That’s why so many old windows have wavy glass.  But these windows are made from the very center of the blown glass, hence their circular feature.

On the hunt for a bakery treat for the ride home, we made a quick pass through the Modern Art Wing.

Before we left, I visited a special exhibit on the history of the color pink in fashion.  More on that in another posting.


  1. Be still my {Early American/homeschool mama} heart! :)

  2. have one of those hearts too!? ;-)

  3. i love the john singer sargent painting of the woman in the deep red dress...its in my photos, somewhere :)

    deb meyers


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