November 1–December 6, 2023

Fashioned by Sargent

Celebrate the exhibition “Fashioned by Sargent” by exploring the many multifaceted ways John Singer Sargent and the subjects of his portraits created meaning and messages through fashion and dress. Together with curators and scholars, delve into the complexities of public image making and gain new insights into the collaborative relationship between artist and sitter.

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Past Events


December 6, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Discover the visual pleasures of the London art scene in the years around John Singer Sargent’s 1886 move from Paris to Thames-side Chelsea. From the...


November 29, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Sargent admired the unusual beauty of American socialite Virginie Avegno Gautreau and convinced her to pose for a portrait—a calculated bid for...


November 15, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

You know the paintings; now focus on the fashion within the art by taking a look at the sumptuous textiles, elegant silhouettes, and architectural...


November 8, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Sargent painted some eye-catching portraits of men, but his provocative visions of women stole the show, asserting his bold Parisian style. Beyond his...


November 1, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

What happens when you turn yourself over to the hands of an artist? Who decides what you wear for your portrait, and what message will your image send...

Ticket Information

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Livestream Tickets

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Supported by the MFA Associates, MFA Senior Associates, and Weekend Guides in honor of Barbara Martin.

Livestream functionality made possible with generous support from the MFA Associates.