It’s too late to see the show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the review is not online, but it was a fun assignment because it was the second time I saw the show. The first was over a decade ago at the Met. The Met version was a lot more intellectual and had more scholarly information. The MFA version was incredibly beautiful and aestheticized. What surprised me, as a scholar of Assyrian art, is that I may prefer the MFA version.
The reasons I preferred the new iteration:
- exhibitions like this are not for experts; they are to encourage the general public to learn more about specific areas of art,
- more information can always be found in the catalogs of shows, and
- it was just plain gorgeous and made me appreciate the art I have studied for years in a new way.