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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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.

Robert Indiana, <em>LOVE</em>
Robert Indiana, LOVE

“LOVE” is a great example of how Robert Indiana incorporated cultural references into his work to address important social and political issues

Remedios Varo, <em>Tailleur pour dames</em>
Remedios Varo, Tailleur pour dames

Inspired by Renaissance panel painting and the works of Hieronymus Bosch, Varo brings complex, supernatural scenes to life with the hand of a miniaturist

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