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Posts Tagged: Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Art Math, Qatari Edition

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A Qatari buyer has reportedly paid nearly $300 million for Gauguin’s When Will You Marry? The latter is an average-sized easel painting, 40 by 31 inches. Based on the price per square… More ›

LACMA Buy May Be a “Secret Buddha”

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A hibitsu or “secret Buddha” is a temple statue, not necessarily of the Buddha, that is shown rarely or not at all. Cultures around the globe have religious art intended to be displayed on… More ›

Aphrodite in Malibu

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J. Paul Getty had married and divorced four wives before he was middle-aged. When he came to collect Mediterranean antiquities, he had a special affection for Aphrodite, goddess of love, sex, and… More ›

Fontainebleau in America

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With its recent purchase of a bronze Double Head attributed to Primaticcio, the Getty Museum has the two most significant School of Fontainebleau sculptures in America (the other being the Cellini… More ›

“The Clock” = Swag in Boston

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Time is money, and one museum is taking that literally. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is charging $200 for its premiere showing of Christian Marclay’s The Clock. The MFA recently purchased… More ›

A Pop Icon’s Pasadena Roots

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Eli Broad has lent his set of five Roy Lichtenstein Rouen Cathedrals (1969) to a focus show uniting them with five of Monet’s Rouen Cathedral paintings. The exhibition opened this past weekend… More ›

Van Otterloos Play ElimiDATE

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The Huntington gets an unexpected mention in a Boston Globe piece on Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, whose collection of 17th-century Dutch art is now on view at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). The… More ›