Discover an extraordinary collection of art on paper. The MFA’s holdings of prints and drawings are among the richest in the nation. With works from Europe and the Americas that range from the 15th century to today, the collection tells the story of creative printmaking and draftsmanship in many forms. Highlights include works on paper by iconic figures such as Dürer, Goya, and Cassatt, as well as unexpected areas of depth: a major gathering of rare books, one of the world’s finest collections of postcards, and works by Boston-area artists including Allan Rohan Crite, Blanche Lazzell, Michael Mazur, and John Wilson. In recent years, the Department of Prints and Drawings has committed itself to presenting narratives, creative voices, and perspectives traditionally underrepresented at the MFA, among them women and LGBTQIA+ artists, Black artists and artists of color, self-taught and folk artists, and Indigenous and Latin American artists.

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The Morse Study Room

The Morse Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs remains closed until further notice. The Study Room typically hosts hundreds of visitors and researchers each year to engage with works of art on paper and consult with department curators. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.


Curators Circle

A unique opportunity for upper level members to take a deep dive into the collections. Join Curators Circle: Prints and Drawings for a year of collection-focused programming with curators and experts.

Learn more about this Curators Circle