The Collection at the BMA

Featured Works

The Collection


The 1920s… The Migrants Cast Their Ballots

  • Jacob Lawrence, Printed by Ives-Sillman, Inc.
  • screenprint
Winter Landscape, Jacob van Ruisdael, oil on canvas

Winter Landscape

Small shallow bowl with ornate handle


A squat image of Ganesha carved in the round


Cole created this monumental print by embedding the perforated surface of an ironing board and twelve iron faceplates into a plywood sheet, flush to its surface. He then applied black ink to the whole and transferred the resulting image onto a sheet of white kozo-shi paper. The silhouetted image of the ironing board's surface resembles a historic slave-ship diagram, and the faceplate designs recall the facial scarification patterns worn by some tribal Africans.


Coiled serpent with human face, feathered body, earspools.

The Feathered Serpent Diety, Quetzalcoatl

  • Aztec culture, Tenochtitlan, Mexico, Pre-Columbian
  • stone