The Hall of the Maidens in the Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, with Casts from the Athenæum Collection

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1899

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

14 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.9 x 23.5 cm)

Description

Having been trained as an artist in his native Italy, Meneghelli was in the United States by 1876 and thereafter painted small canvases many of which depicted interior views of art galleries and museums. This painting depicts a sculpture gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which had been founded in 1870. When the Museum’s first building opened in Copley Square in 1876, the Museum’s collection was relatively small and many of the objects exhibited there were loans. The Athenæum was the most active among the several area institutions that lent works of art to the new Museum: this view shows many plaster casts from the Athenæum’s art collection, including the Barberini Faun, the Laocoon group, and Michelangelo’s Night.

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 1998

Object Number

UR292

Picture Gallery of the Boston Athenæum

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13 1/16 x 21 1/8 in. (33.2 x 53.7 cm)

Description

This view depicts the Boston Athenæum’s third floor as it appeared in about 1875, with objects exhibited by the recently founded Museum of Fine Arts. The Athenæum had been a chief driving force in the founding of the Museum in 1870 and even promised to deposit part of its sizable art collection in it. The Athenæum provided space at 10½ Beacon Street for the Museum’s exhibitions until the younger institution’s own building opened in Copley Square in 1876. The Athenæum acquired this painting in May of 1876, probably just before its art collection was transported to the Museum for its opening in July of that year.

Inscription

Inscribed on lower left: E. MENEGHELLI 1876.

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 1876

Object Number

UR131

Picture Gallery of the Boston Athenæum

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13 1/16 x 21 1/16 in. (33.2 x 53.5 cm)

Inscription

Inscribed on lower left: ENRICO MENEGHELLI: 1876.

Credit Line

Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1949

Object Number

UR128

Picture Gallery of the Boston Athenæum

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13 1/16 x 21 1/8 in. (33.2 x 53.7 cm)

Description

This view depicts the Boston Athenæum’s third floor as it appeared in about 1875, with objects exhibited by the recently founded Museum of Fine Arts. The Athenæum had been a chief driving force in the founding of the Museum in 1870 and even promised to deposit part of its sizable art collection in it. The Athenæum provided space at 10½ Beacon Street for the Museum’s exhibitions until the younger institution’s own building opened in Copley Square in 1876. The Athenæum acquired this painting in May of 1876, probably just before its art collection was transported to the Museum for its opening in July of that year.

Inscription

Inscribed on lower left: E. MENEGHELLI 1876.

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 1876

Object Number

UR131

Picture Gallery of the Boston Athenæum

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13 1/16 x 21 1/16 in. (33.2 x 53.5 cm)

Inscription

Inscribed on lower left: ENRICO MENEGHELLI: 1876.

Credit Line

Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1949

Object Number

UR128