The New MFA Wing: The Lazy Person’s Primer

The lazy person’s primer to looking like a local art expert.

By Matthew Reed Baker | Boston Magazine |

FAMILY TIES
Curators recently discovered that the woman in Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child (1679), attributed to Thomas Smith, was Paul Revere’s great-grandmother, and that the girl is most likely his great-aunt Ann.

LOCATED IN:
Brown-Pearl Room, lower ground level.

 

 

 

YE OLDE  HANCOCK TOWER
Thomas Hancock — father of John — owned the mansion portrayed in this needlework picture, View of Boston Common (c. 1750), by Hannah Otis.

LOCATED IN:
Carolyn A. & Peter S. Lynch Gallery, level one.

 

 

MAP MEN
Washington Allston’s Elijah in the Desert (1818) was the museum’s first acquisition. Allston is one of two artists who lent his name to Boston geography. The other: John Singleton Copley, of course, whose Watson and the Shark is among the MFA’s best-known and most popular paintings.

LOCATED IN: The Salon, level two.