The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located in Houston's Museum District, Houston, is the largest museum in America and the 12th largest by gallery space. It is now the 12th largest museum of art in the world, based on square footage. The museum's permanent collection spans more than 6000 years of history and includes approximately 70,000 pieces from six continents.

The MFAH's permanent collection is nearly 70,000 pieces spread over 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) exhibition space. This places it among the largest art museums in the United States. Nine facilities house the museum's programs and collections. The Susan and Fayez Sarofim Campus covers 14 acres, including seven facilities. There are two additional facilities, Bayou Bend (house museums), and Rienzi (2 facilities) at other locations. The Law, Beck, Kinder buildings house the main public collections and exhibitions. The Beck and Law buildings offer more than 130,000 square feet (12,000m2) of exhibition space.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Moonrise: Soldier and Maiden (1905), oil-on-board, 69.9x49.5 cm

From 1969 to 1974, the museum was managed by Philippe de Montebello. Between 1982 and 2010, Peter Marzio was the museum's director. The Museum of Fine Arts saw an increase in annual attendance of around two million. Its operating budget increased from $5 million to $5 million to $52 million. Its endowment reached $1 million (before the 2008 recession, its value dropped to $800 million). The museum's permanent collection grew more than three times from 20,000 to 63,000 works. Marzio was the sixth highest-paid charity chief executive, earning $1,054,939. Gary Tinterow was named the museum's director in 2010, one year after Peter Marzio's death. Mari Carmen Ramirez, a curator of Puerto Rican Art and the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, is Mari Carmen Ramirez.

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Sarah Montgomery Sears (1899), 1,476.50x 968.50cm

Impressionism, postimpressionism and early modern art [all oil on canvases, unless otherwise noted]

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes: Still Life with Golden Bream (1808-1812), 44.7 x 62.25 cm

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld (1861), 112.3 x 137.1 cm.

Charles Wilson Peale Self-Portrait with Angelica & Rachel (1782-1785), 91.8x68.9cm

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Sheerness as Seen from the Nore (1808), 104.5x149.6 cm.

Jan Weenix: Still Life of Game, Partridge, Spaniel and Hare (c. 1680), 157.2x182.2 cm

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin: The Good Education (c.1753), 41.4x47.3 cm.

Jacopo Bassano Christ in the House Mary, Martha and Lazarus (c.1577). 98.4x126.4 cm.

Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (Virgin and Child with Angels) (c. 1620), 155.3x125.1 cm.

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