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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Vignettes: Masterworks on Paper 1520 to 1870

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 – Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

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The origin of the word vignette (French for “little vine”) stems from drawings of thin, intricate vines used as decorative borders printed on page separators in books. “Vignette” also refers to a descriptive sketch of a character, object, or theme.

Vignettes: Masterworks on Paper 1520 to 1870 presents more than 45 works on paper, almost half of which are recent acquisitions. The prints, drawings, and illustrated books are featured in various themes: drawing after the antique, saintly visions, landscapes, the connection between art and literature, engraved portraits, and the treatment of animals.

The exhibition showcases the myriad ways artists from four European regions and over four centuries used paper to make art, underlining the integral relationship between eye, hand, and mind. Among the artists represented in Vignettes are Baccio Bandinelli, Eugène Delacroix, Guercino, Ford Madox Brown, and Rembrandt.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Free parking is available in four outdoor street-level lots north of the Law Building. Two are along Main Street: one at Bissonnet one at Oakdale; and two are off Montrose Boulevard: one at the Glassell Studio School and one at the Glassell Junior School. Overflow parking is available at Park Plaza parking garages at 1200 Binz and 1201 Hermann Drive. Located directly east of the Beck and Law buildings the MFAH Visitors Center at 5600 Fannin features a four-story covered parking garage. The easy-to-find parking entrance is on Binz marked by a large yellow arrow. Parking Fee is $6 all day.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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