Back to our pages

    · Boston ·  
Museum of Fine Arts Saturday & again Sunday     around Copley Square   the Christian Science Church

We came for the concert performance of Eric Korngold's opera,
"Die tote Stadt" (The Dead City), by Odyssey Opera at the New
England Conservatory, a splendid evening (Sept. 13).

Coming into Logan, getting a good view
of the harbor and downtowm, then a bit
of the Charles from the cab


Saturday we headed for the Museum of Fine Arts. We loved its smashing
new "Art of the Americas" wing and the vast courtyard, with its towering
Dale Chihuly work, Lime Green Icicle Tower. We went back on Sunday.


Good food, too.
Goya looms large   Lots of Sergeant here,
  and lots of silver. I see a Christmas card.

At the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, seen from inside its handsome new
Renzo Paino Building Workshop expansion (2012).
No pictures permitted in the original building, which is really too dark
for them anyway (and too dark for its artworks as well).
 Sergeant's "El Jaleo"   The famous courtyard
(These aren't my pictures. I took them from a website.)
Sunday in and around Copley Square.
Walking down Boylston Ave.

First occupied in 1670--we don't see that in Chicago
A monster of a building for this block, but a good mirror.
I had to clean up the one on the right.   It would be an ugly world without cut and paste.
Sweeping, impressive entry to the Public Library. It was closed, so we did not see the
Sergeant murals from World War I.
The immense Christian Science Church and the CS Monitor
The organ
We had a very good tour and especially liked the original church
with these beautiful honey-colored pews and magnificent windows.
Healing miracles are big in the art of the original church (warm, charming, scaled so well),
including the raising of Lazarus and the raising of Jairus's daughter

On Sunday, back to the MFA for a tour of the Americas.
A view of lunch, bit like a film strip; we are in the middle frame.
Samuel F. B. Morse's very charming painting of a well-fed kitten, although the title,
"Little Miss Hone," suggests the kitty is not actually the subject (1824; SFBM is the inventor of Morse code).
The Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial (WW II) by Walter Hancock. The plaster model is
just 1/3 the size of the final work (which in the Philadelphia train station).

At United in Boston, and home again.