MFA Images: Popular Categories

View selections of favorite images by category.

Impressionism

Delve into a world-class collection of Impressionist masterpieces by beloved artists Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and others.

Florals

Floral motifs permeate art history, whether you prefer the cherry blossoms of an Asian print, the rich hues of Fantin-Latour's roses, or the bold woodcuts of Blanche Lazzell.

Winter Holidays

Choose from images of snowy landscapes, winter sports, or seasonal florals, as well as traditional religious and secular figures.

Romance

Whether it's the whirling couple in Renoir's Dance at Bougival or the affectionate caress in Lord Frederic Leighton's Painter's Honeymoon, there's an MFA image for every romantic sentiment or occasion.

Birds and Beasts

From pastoral scenes of grazing sheep to fantastic Chinese dragons and depictions of cats from ancient Egypt through modern times, the MFA can provide a wide array of animal images for decorative or illustrative purposes.

Patterns, Designs, and Decoration

The Museum's collections boast a wealth of graphic content including Indian Mughal patterns, Asian kimono motifs, Art Nouveau illustrations, Andean textiles, French brocades, and William Morris designs.

Travel

Explore the world through nineteenth-century photographs of pyramids to the tropical Coast of Jamaica by Martin Johnson Heade. Images of world-wide destinations and modes of travel capture a sense of adventure.

Landscapes

Surroundings come alive in landscapes by artists from van Gogh to Hopper. Homer's Boys in a Pasture evokes the warmth of the sun, and a city evening is captured in Hassam's Boston Common at Twilight.

American History

The Museum's collections chronicle the rich history of New England and the nation with numerous images of key players, including Paul Revere, John Adams, George Washington, and John Hancock.

Portraiture

From favorites such as Rembrandt's Artist in His Studio and Houdon's bust of Thomas Jefferson, to ancient figures of Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Tutankhamen, the MFA's collection of portraits spans centuries.

Nautical

The Museum's collections include sailing vessels in the waterways of the world from Fitz Henry Lane's harbor paintings of Boston and New York to scenes of Venice by Monet and Canaletto.

Religion and Mythology

The Museum's collections span the world's myriad religions with Egyptian sculpture, Greek vases, and ancient American objects, and contain such masterpieces of Western religion as van der Weyden's St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and unrivaled examples of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture.

People

Find compelling images of men, women, and children as well as beautiful maternal illustrations from artists such as Cassatt, Tarbell, and Millet.

MFA Icons

The Museum's most prized possessions are world-renowned masterpieces such as Gauguin's Where Do We Come From? and Millet's The Sower, along with works by Rembrandt, Degas, Sargent, and van Gogh. MFA icons are immediately recognizable and essential to any art history text.

Other Categories