Bank of America’s Masterpiece Moment

Art inspires, educates, and helps us see our world in a new way

We could all use a little inspiration in our busy lives, and benefit from the context that art can bring to bear on our world, our times, and our history. Join us and museum directors from around the United States as we explore some of our greatest artistic treasures.

We’ll take a closer look at a new masterpiece every two weeks, so be sure to tune in, learn more, be inspired and discuss with friends and family.

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Hasegawa Tōhaku, <em>Pine Trees</em>
Hasegawa Tōhaku, Pine Trees

This pair of six-panel screens beautifully captures the richness of a Japanese landscape.

Abu’l Hasan, <em>Emperor Jahangir Embraces Shah ‘Abbas</em>
Abu’l Hasan, Emperor Jahangir Embraces Shah ‘Abbas

This work of watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper isn't just brilliantly executed—it's also layered with meaning, capturing the complexity of early 17th-century power politics in Southern Asia

El Anatsui, <em>Lines That Link Humanity</em>
El Anatsui, Lines That Link Humanity

Bottle tops refer to the literal economic exchange of liquor for human beings in the past while also pointing to contemporary issues such as waste and sustainability

Georgia O’Keeffe, <em>Spring</em>
Georgia O’Keeffe, Spring

O’Keeffe began this painting upon her return to New Mexico, shortly after the death of her husband

Farnese Sarcophagus
Farnese Sarcophagus

The Sarcophagus’s carvings feature joyful imagery that reminds the living they should seize the day while they still can

Louise Bourgeois, <i>Maman</i>
Louise Bourgeois, Maman

At more than thirty feet tall, this work is an homage to the artist's mother as a spider that towers above all the rest

Archibald John Motley Jr., <i>Nightlife</i>
Archibald John Motley Jr., Nightlife

Motley focuses on Black subjects in elegant portraits that conveyed power and self-agency during World War II

Thornton Dial, Sr., <i>Crossing Waters</i>
Thornton Dial, Sr., Crossing Waters

Dial memorializes the perilous journey that millions of Africans, including his own ancestors, were forced to make during the transatlantic slave trade

Lewis Chess Pieces
Lewis Chess Pieces

Quite possibly the most famous chess pieces in the world, the Lewis Chess Pieces were discovered on the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of northwest Scotland, around 1831

Childe Hassam, <i>Snowstorm, Madison Square</i>
Childe Hassam, Snowstorm, Madison Square

Hassam incorporates French Impressionist techniques into a fully American urban scene, while foreshadowing the social progress to come

Marc Chagall, <i>Half-Past Three (The Poet)</i>
Marc Chagall, Half-Past Three (The Poet)

Chagall renders conventional, but strikingly personal, elements of his Parisian studio in a truly unconventional way: as a set of intersecting and overlapping lines and prismatic planes

Wifredo Lam, <i>The Eternal Presence (An Homage to Alejandro García Caturia)</i>
Wifredo Lam, The Eternal Presence (An Homage to Alejandro García Caturia)

This complex and haunting work fuses Lam’s Cuban, Chinese, and Congolese heritage together with humans, plants, and animals into dream-like beings