Publications

Classical Art

Ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan civilizations come to life through these 100 masterpieces. The geographic range, stylistic progression, and...

Photography

From early experimenters to modern giants such as Stieglitz, Adams, and Weston, as well as contemporaries such as Joel Meyerowitz, Hiroshi Sugimoto...

Arts of Japan

More than 160 highlights from the MFA’s staggering collection of Japanese art are illustrated and discussed, divided into the themes of art of the...

American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

With over 100 carefully selected masterpieces of furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, coins and medals, basketry, and sculpture, this volume offers a...

American Painting

Over 100 masterworks from 1670 to 1960, by artists as diverse as Copley, Lane, Sargent, Cassatt, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Lawrence, and Pollock. Both a brief...

Director’s Choice
A Tour of Masterpieces in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Discussing some 70 objects from across the MFA’s extensive collections, Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts...

Masterpieces
Great Paintings of the World in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Whatever form it takes, the expressiveness and adaptability of paint have stirred artists throughout history. This completely rewritten and redesigned...

Invitation to Art
A History of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This social and architectural history traces the first 135 years of the MFA, from its beginning as a repository for armor to its current status as a...

The MFA Handbook (Japanese edition)
A Guide to the Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is a new, fully updated and redesigned edition of the definitive guide to the most enduring masterpieces in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...

The MFA Handbook
A Guide to the Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is a new, fully updated and redesigned edition of the definitive guide to the most enduring masterpieces in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...

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Editorial Reviews and Awards

“With gorgeous images and accessible text, [Fashioned by Sargent] is highly recommended for audiences interested in fine art in relation to fashion.”
—Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal

About Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence: “Accompanied by a catalog that masterfully interweaves historical biography with individual image analysis, the exhibition is a welcome addition to the scholarship devoted to the artist and a unique exploration of systems of artistic influence.”
—Ashley Busby, Art & Antiques Magazine

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories reveals a rich, complex and often overlooked history of North America as told from individual experiences manifested within the tradition of quiltmaking. The book illustrates how quilts are more than material objects of comfort and aesthetic beauty. They are archives of social, political and cultural histories.”
Art Libraries Society of North America

“In this pandemic year of missing most everything, we’ve been trained to look for silver linings wherever possible. So here’s mine: [Cy Twombly: Making Past Present], which I got a few months back, is gorgeous.”
—Murray Whyte, The Boston Globe

“In these flattened times, Writing the Future conveys motion. The book, a companion to a suspended exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, is about Basquiat, his contemporaries, and early hip-hop culture, but it’s also about the movements and rhythms of New York City—'the work of the subway writers became as optically and optimally omnipresent as the Manhattan skyline,' Greg Tate writes. And in its dynamic blend of art, history, and analysis, it has a movement of its own.”
—Dan Adler, Vanity Fair

About Writing the Future: “To leaf through this prodigy’s oeuvre intermingled with photos of what he called 'just … you know, my friends and stuff'; of their tags brightening storefronts and subway cars, of the boomboxes and leather jackets and reference books they at once desecrated and elevated, is to hold in your hands the record of a place and a time and a togetherness we can only hope one day to experience again.”
—Lauren Christensen, ​The New York Times Book Review

“[Casanova is] one of the flat out best art books of the year. Don’t miss it—you’ll read it like a novel with pictures.”
—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes podcast

“The handsome volume [Hokusai’s Lost Manga] includes dozens of lively, lovely images, showcasing Hokusai’s skill at capturing movement, in swirling garments, in water, in wind, in bodies in motion at work, spinning pots on a wheel, making paper, washing a horse, trekking up a hill.”
Boston Sunday Globe

“[The Priest, the Prince, the Pasha is] a feat of storytelling that makes ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ look like kid stuff.”
The Wall Street Journal

“[In Holland on Paper, Cliff] Ackley has, in this stunning volume, contributed significantly to the larger project of opening up to the English-speaking world an intriguing chapter in what has until recently been among the best kept secrets of modern art. With the appearance of this splendidly illustrated and valuable book, the secret is out.”
—Joan E. Greer, Art in Print

“The large reproductions in [John Singer Sargent Watercolors], several with accompanying details, offer some of the best viewing of his work in printed form. Seduction will lead to Dazzle.”
—Carl Little, Art New England

”[She Who Tells a Story] may well go down as a landmark in the worlds of contemporary photography and graphic arts. In addition they illuminate the subtle but explosive changes now transforming Middle Eastern societies.”
—John G. Morris