• artwork
  • artwork
  • artwork
  • artwork
  • artwork
  • artwork
thumbnail1 thumbnail2 thumbnail3 thumbnail4 thumbnail5 thumbnail6

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred

September 1–December 13, 2015

Click thumbnails to view selected objects in exhibition
artwork artwork artwork artwork artwork artwork

Catalog | E-Book
John La Farge: Stained Glass in New England; A Digital Guide | The Wall Street Journal review | The Boston Globe review

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred presents more than eighty-five paintings, stained glass windows, and works on paper by one of America’s finest and most complex artists. John La Farge (1835–1910) devised innovative solutions to negotiate boundaries between realism and symbolism. Occasioned by the magnificent gift from Alison and William Vareika (BC ’74) and completion of the restoration of three monumental stained glass windows to the McMullen Museum, this exhibition examines for the first time from an interdisciplinary perspective La Farge’s lifelong efforts to visualize the sacred. Demonstrating how the artist’s quest was manifest in representations of religious figures, nature, and still life as well as in stunningly imaginative book illustrations of romantic fantasy, The Recovery of the Sacred also explores how La Farge’s trips to Japan and the South Seas in 1886 and 1890–91 reinforced the multicultural range of his spiritual inquiry.

Organized by the McMullen Museum, John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred has been curated by Jeffery Howe and underwritten by Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, Alison and William Vareika, and Jane and Gerard Gaughan. Additional support has been provided by the Newton College Class of 1975. The accompanying catalogue, edited by Howe, contains essays by David Cave, Howe, Cecelia Levin, James O’Toole, Virginia Raguin, and Roberto Rosa.


Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link Pinterest link email announcement list

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135
Postal address: 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617.552.8587 • artmuseum@bc.edu • © 1994–2017 the McMullen Museum of Art and the Trustees of Boston College