The Museum of Fine Arts Field Trip – by Tanner Murray


Egyptian, Roman, Persian, and Greek. All forms of culture observed on Mrs. Nice’s Boston Museum of Fine Arts field trip on October 23. The attendees consisted of both former and current World History students. At the museum the students gathered with their groups and waited for the museum to open. Once inside most groups ascended to the first floor to view the large and glorious paintings of the Renaissance Period. A fellow student pointed out the great detail of the paintings by expressing the visibility of the brush strokes. Sadly, most of the other students were not as enthusiastic.

As the name suggests the Gothic Era was quite dull. Many paintings had dark meanings noticeable through subliminal imaging. They featured dark colors with bright eyes to give so much contrast to make it seemingly three dimensional. Luckily, the other artifacts weren’t as chilling. 

The sculptures of Ancient Rome were so detailed that you could easily mistake one for a real person. The Roman artists had the ability to capture the complex texture of hair with a marble carving. Despite the nudity, the sculptures displayed the intellectual importance of the Ancient Romans. One could only strive to be as skilled. 

Like they were expected to, the Egyptians brought the heat. There were clay tablets flooded with inscriptions as if they had been carved for decades. Statues towered above the students with dominance as their faces expressed contentment.

In a small, climate-controlled room located a little off the beaten path is an exhibit showing the evolution of musical instruments between civilizations. Students were impressed by highly detailed pianos and twelve-string guitars. An anonymous music student exclaimed his excitement by saying “Wow! with that guitar I could be Eddie Van Halen.” It was amazing how some of our favorite instruments have changed.

Panera Bread was a popular stop at lunch time. Students enjoyed house-made pastas and salads while the calm environment perfectly complimented the museum scene. Other students opted to try out the ‘Boston House of Pizza’ however they were disappointed by the lengthy wait period and poor quality pie. In the end, the food is as diverse as the art with mexican, middle eastern, and northern asian themed restaurants also in the area. 

Fellow newspaper staff member Hamza Shahzad was quoted saying “As an AP World History student, I felt the art accurately reflected the information we absorbed from the textbook. However I wish I had more time to slow down and embrace the creativity around me.” I guess you could say the trip was a big hit!

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