MFA Highlights: European Painting and Sculpture before 1800

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Major works spanning the medieval era to the Enlightenment from the MFA Boston’s superlative collectionThe  tremendous political, religious and cultural changes that swept across  Europe in the years from 1000 to 1800 fundamentally transformed the  practices and purposes of painting and sculpture―from elaborately carved  and gilded medieval Christian altars to Renaissance self-portraits  touting the skill of the artist to 18th-century portraits in marble of  the era’s leading thinkers. The 100 highlights from the impressive  European art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gathered  here offer an accessible introduction to the story of art from the  medieval period to the Enlightenment. Modern notions of art and artists,  the art market, as well as the births of art history and the art museum  as an institution, all trace their origins to Europe in these  centuries, which produced work of fascinating variety and enduring  beauty.

Artists include: Rembrandt, Rosso Fiorentino,  Titian, Fragonard, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Rogier van der Weyden, Peter  Paul Rubens, El Greco, Velázquez and Poussin.


  • Publisher :  MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (March 2, 2021) 
  • Authors : Frederick Ilchman, Ronni Baer, Marietta Cambareri, Courtney Leigh Harris, Katie Hanson, Anna C. Knapp
  • Language :  English 
  • Paperback :  200 pages