Museum of Fine Arts

Willem Arondeus (1894-1943)
“Salome” (1916)
Brush and brown ink and brown wash, graphite.
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

Arondeus was a Dutch artist and author, he joined the Dutch anti-Nazi resistance movement during World War II. He participated in the bombing of the Amsterdam public records office to hinder the Nazi German effort to identify Dutch Jews. Arondeus was caught and executed soon after his arrest.

Arondeus, who was an openly gay man, last words were “Tell the people that gays are no cowards!”

Dionysos (fragment from a hanging) Possibly from Egypt, 4th - 5th century C.E.  Tapestry is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Charles Potter Kling Fund. via

Polychrome wool yarns on linen. Inscription above head: DIONYCOC against purple ground. Legs crossed, right arm raised to head, left arm holding a cornucopia, nude except for mantle draped over left arm and right ankle, and seated within an apse decorated with gold-colored squares interspersed with green leaves. Fragment of entablature to left; fragment of spotted panther at lower right. 

The creation and survival of this tapestry is all the more remarkable  because practice of traditional religion in the Roman Empire, including private offerings and acts of worship, was made a punishable crime by decree of the Emperor Theodosius in 392 C.E. 

Today, December 10, you are invited to join with people all around the world in making a libation to Dionysus. In this way, whatever else we do to celebrate Hellenic occasions, we are united in doing the same action on the same day.

This is also the date of the Country Dionysia, a festival that can be celebrated as was done in antiquity,  with singing, dancing, light-hearted games, viewing comedies, and enjoying grape juice or wine.

Contributor Robyn Day reviews the Bruce Davidson exhibition now up at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston [continued at Big Red & Shiny…]

Untitled (Young Man Holding Baby in Luncheonette) from East 100th Street series Bruce Davidson (American, born 1933) 1966—68, printed 1969 Photograph, gelatin silver print
*Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by Haluk and Elisa Soykan and the Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund
*© Bruce Davidson /Magnum Photos
*Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Up until recently, there were only 12 works by celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in American public collections. Now, there’s one more on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) is the first painting Kahlo ever sold, and it’s been in the same family ever since.

Kahlo is known for her fantastical self-portraits, but Dos Mujeres shows two other women.

“They were her maids [who] worked in her house during her childhood, we believe,” says Rhona MacBeth, conservator of paintings at the MFA. “We’re still finding out more about them.”

Boston Museum Acquires First Painting Frida Kahlo Ever Sold

Images: (left) Imogen Cunningham/The Imogen Cunningham Trust/Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and (right) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Title: Kabuki Actors as Fish (Uo No Kokoro)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Date: 1842
Media: Color Woodcut
Size: Sheet: 357 x 244 mm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Origin: Japan
Source: de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Fransico Museums
sea bream = Nakamura Utaemon IV
octopus = Arashi Kanjuro
blowfish = Onoe Tamizo II

Pieter Saenredam - The Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem


oil on oak

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest