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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Beauty for the Eye and Ear

This online gallery allows you to explore the illustration of music and musical instruments in the MFA's varied collections. It highlights pieces that depict the beauty, the intimacy, and the delightful nature of music as well as the instruments featured in those pieces. In turn, the instruments themselves can be viewed as art objects.

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    The Hollingsworth Family

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    Family with Piano

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    Family Comparison

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    Implied Music

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    Lesson Goal 2

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    In the Loge

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    In the Loge Music

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    Shirabyoshi Dancer

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    Japanese Dance &...

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    Music for Spectators

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    Little...

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    Arabesque over Right Leg

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    Ballet Music

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    Dance at Bougival

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    Dance Comparison

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    Music in Religion

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    Lesson Goal 3

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    Saint Cecilia

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    Saint Cecilia

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    St. Cecilia - Music

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    Lesson Goal 1

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    St. Cecilia Comparison

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    Benzaiten, the...

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    Benzaiten & Lute

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    Benzaiten Pipa Music

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    St. Cecilia &...

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    The Virgin and Child...

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    Virgin and Child Music

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    Virgin and Child...

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    Virgin and Child...

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    Dormition of the Virgin

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    Prince on a terrace...

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    Lesson 3 Assignment

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    Music for Knowledge &...

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    Lesson Goal 4

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    Pair of menuki in the...

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    Parody of the Four...

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    Four Accomphishments...

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    Jan van Musschenbroek...

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    Music Lesson

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    Manet's Instrument

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    The Music Lesson

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    Twelfth-Night Feast

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    Music Lesson Comparison

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    Drinking cup...

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    Degas's Father...

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    Degas Instrument

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    Boy Singing

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