Sunday at the Museum ‘Cabinet’

I spent this Sunday wandering through the galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which is what I do almost every weekend and I saw that the museum has recently made a few notable new additions to its permanent galleries, such as the new “cabinet.” A cabinet is a room where collectors display their works in a personal way and the one at the MFAH is certainly that. The room is a menagerie of objects ranging from creepy 17th century manuscripts and a wooden mirror carved with skeletons, to personal altarpieces and traditional Flemish portraits.

The display and curation of the cabinet reflects its origins as a personal collection room. The paintings are displayed in a gallery style instead of having all the paintings at eye-level and on one plane. Also, the lack of artist labels next to the paintings contribute to the feeling that the art is being viewed at a collector’s house rather than a museum. Also, the range of the art was wide–it did not stick to one particular region or period, making it feel truly personal.

I am so happy that the MFAH is exploring new ways to display their amazing collection of art. Here were a few of my favorite pieces from the cabinet!

My brother hudson photographing the paintings
Frederik Ruysch, Thesaurus anatomicus Octavus (Eight Anatomical Cabinet),  c. 1709.

Jan van Kessel, A Study of Butterflies, Moths, and Insects c. 1655.

Selfie with the portraits!

 

19 thoughts on “Sunday at the Museum ‘Cabinet’”

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