On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from her place on the wall in the Salon Carré in the Louvre. Even more surprising, this famous work of art remained missing for nearly two and a half years. It was one of the biggest news stories of its day, making headlines around the world. French police were completely baffled, and as time passed, Parisians resigned themselves to never seeing Leonardo's masterpiece again—even though the Mona Lisa and her kidnapper were hiding under their very noses.
Florence Gould Theater
Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state.
Gold objects have fascinated all cultures from almost the beginning of time. Gold has been important both for its secular and its religious use. Using representations in the Fine Arts Museums' collection, we view examples of gold jewelry and other objects from around the world.
Discover lively stories from the Old and New Testaments, classical legends, the poetry of Italy and France, and American history. Who inspired The Thinker? Where is "Carlotta Valdes" from the movie Vertigo? It's all in this illuminating presentation of narratives seen in artworks at the Fine Arts Museums.
Take a visual journey to Paris as it was seen from 1870 to 1900 through the eyes of Impressionist and Academy painters and photographers such as Eugène Atget and Emile Zola.
A fascinating guide to the iconography—symbols, attributes, and allegories—that artists have used to identify their subjects, illustrate stories, and communicate deeper meanings.
Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.