MFA Highlights: European Painting and Sculpture before 1800


Presents the best of the collection of early European Painting and Sculpture held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


ISBN: 9780878468782 Category:

Frederick Ilchman, Ronni Baer, Marietta Cambareri


The 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 eighteenth-century penetrating portraits in marble of the era’s leading thinkers. The one hundred 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.

Additional information

Weight 652 g
Dimensions 18.6 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name MFA Publications
Publication date 1 April 2021
Number of pages 200
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.6 x 23.1 cm
Weight 652 g
Frederick Ilchman is Chair, and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings for the Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ronni Baer is Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum. Marietta Cambareri is Senior Curator of European Sculpture, and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.