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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Gustav Klimt, <em>Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I</em>
Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Inspired by sixth-century Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, Klimt embellished this portrait with layers of paint, gesso, and gold and silver leaf.

Silver Horn, <em>Fight Between Kiowa and Navajo</em>
Silver Horn, Fight Between Kiowa and Navajo

Silver Horn's drawings represented a way of honoring the brave deeds of his people, the Kiowa, and preserving their history for future generations

N.C. Wyeth, <em>Island Funeral</em>
N.C. Wyeth, Island Funeral

This vibrant and captivating work is inspired by the funeral of Maine fisherman Rufus Teel. Learn more about Wyeth's life and work with Thomas Padon, Director of the Brandywine Museum of Art.

George Caleb Bingham, <em>The County Election</em>
George Caleb Bingham, The County Election

This 19th century painting raises questions about the fundamental tenets of democracy and the artist’s fervent belief that the people, with all their failings, should be the ones to decide critical issues. Learn more with Min Jung Kim, Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Nasca Feather Tunic
Nasca Feather Tunic

This tunic made of feathers is one of only a few intact examples of ancient Peruvian featherwork garments in existence today.

Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo), <em>The Eruption of Paricutin</em>
Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo), The Eruption of Paricutin

Dr. Atl recorded the daily evolution of a volcano that formed outside his cabin near Mexico City. For the first time in modern science, one could study and record a volcano’s creation.

Sandro Botticelli’s <em>Primavera</em> with Eike Schmidt
Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera with Eike Schmidt

While its meaning is still mysterious, this painting reflects the complexity of the Florentine cultural scene at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Explore this masterpiece further with Eike Schmidt, Director of The Uffizi in Florence, Italy.

Assyrian Palace Reliefs
Assyrian Palace Reliefs

Originally adorning an Assyrian palace, these reliefs let us look back to this ancient culture's sense of power, influence, and control that they had at a time when the world was not understood through the lens of modern science.

Georges de La Tour, <em>The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs</em>
Georges de La Tour, The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs

de La Tour tells a story with all the eye glances and hand gestures of the mistresses, maid and Duke—accomplished with a distinctive style, a virtuoso application of brilliant color, sharply observations, and masterful use of light and shadow in a very tight space.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, <em>Pope Paul V</em>
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pope Paul V

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was only 23 years old when he was commissioned to carve a bust of Pope Paul V. Learn more about this piece with Timothy Potts from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Berthe Morisot, <em>Reading</em>
Berthe Morisot, Reading

Morisot’s quick brushwork and nuanced tonality show her ability to capture a sense of movement. Her subject, a young woman reading, depicts a simple domestic scene which was a modern choice for the times.

<em>Winged Victory of Samothrace</em> with Laurence des Cars
Winged Victory of Samothrace with Laurence des Cars

While the movement of her body, buoyancy of her drapery and beating of her wings reflect the energy characteristic of the Hellenistic era, the artist and patron remain unknown. Learn more about this sculpture with Laurence des Cars, President and CEO of the Musée du Louvre.