Update on Wednesday: The MFA one-upped itself prior to Game 4 in Boston with this tremendous rendition of George Washington wearing the mask of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. The image appeared on the MFA Facebook page, the same digital museum that has hosted the other Bruins-themed art that has appeared during the Stanley Cup Final.
Defending the nation and the net!
Our George Washington shows his support for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after Mondayâ€™s shutout game.
Here's to another shutout tonight.
We cannot tell a lie, this is tremendous.
Perhaps Rask will end up on the front of the Euros that are distributed in Finland if his Conn Smythe-esque performance continues. He's allowed only one goal in the past two games, making 28 saves while shutting out Chicago 2-0 Monday.
Not sure if anyone ever quite put it that way, but if they had, they would be impressed with the Stanley Cup Final-inspired Facebook antics of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.
John Singer Sargent painted The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit back in 1882. The first version of the Stanley Cup was awarded 11 years later.
The painting was set in "Ned's" Paris apartment. Julia Boit and her sisters did not have sports talk radio, the internet, DirecTV or NBC Sports Channel on their cable system. No doubt they had to follow hockey in the newspaper.
And in French.
The original version of this painting hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The painting is generally considered Sargent's most noteworthy work, and is also the subject of a fascinating book by Erica Hirshler.
That my friends, is the first and last paragraph you'll ever see about art history and criticism here.
Now it's back to citing fictional comic book movie villains:
"I was wondering what might break first, your spirit or your body," more Bane quotes on the Blackhawks. #Bruins— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) June 18, 2013
My first trip to the MFA was as a second-grader back in the same year the Bruins won their fifth Stanley Cup, 1972. The MFA is one of Boston's true treasures. It's impossible not to learn something every time you visit.
Now, the MFA has placed its own unique spin on the Stanley Cup, in conjunction with the AIC.
"The gloves really came off Game 3," the MFA's Karen Frascona told the OBF blog. That's when the the MFA suited up Sargent's"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" with Bruins jerseys and the Stanley Cup.
"We think it's a sign of what's to come," Frascona said. "We've got a couple more planned, so stay tuned."
Wouldn't miss it.
For Game 1, AIC posted Grant Wood's "American Gothic" complete with Blackhawks helmets.
The MFA countered with a Bruins' facemask on "Samurai Sam" its mascot for the special exhibition "Samurai! Armor" from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier Mueller Collection, currently on view.
For Game 2, AIC outfitted Claude Monet's "Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn)" with that same helmets, while the MFA countered with "Mr. Bruin anticipates an easy win," a postcard in the MFA's collection.
The Bruins dominated the final 40 minutes of Game 2 and all of Game 3, shutting out the Blackhawks and pushing them up and down the ice for 60 minutes Monday night.
The Blackhawks wilted on the "s--ty" Garden ice - Tuukka Rask's words, not mine - and the Bruins flourished.
Neither their heads nor hearts were in this one.
14 down, two to go. #BostonStrong meet #ChicagoWeakSauce
The Art Institute of Chicago has acquitted itself much better than Chicago's hockey team in this series and put forth a much stronger effort than Kane, Toews and the "mysteriously injured" Marian "Bag It" Hossa.
Certainly Sargent never let a sprained wrist or pulled hangnail get in-between his artistic abilities and the canvas.
Once the Bruins and Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Final, the museums began their fun with photo-manipulation rivalry. This stuff is infinitely more creative than the standard mayoral bet or media-generated rivalry.
Not so surprisingly, reaction on the MFA's Facebook page to the Sargent painting was mixed. It's 2013, so something offends everybody and everybody is offended by something. One MFA Facebook fan posted: "This is ridiculous. This is my favorite painting, way to insult a genius artist. Is this what my donations and membership goes too? I think Boston has enough sports outlets, leave my art alone..... Bad idea MFA."
We do agree that Boston has enough sports outlets. Actually, it only needs one. But nothing happened to his art. As far as we know, Sargent's original masterpiece remains untouched.
We'll call it "Boston Feline Nursing A Bud Light"
We do have one suggestion for the MFA.
Childe Hassam's "Boston Common At Twilight" would look mighty sweet with the featured woman wearing an "I ♥ Bergeron" shirt and Rask in the background riding atop Dorchester Dottie holding the Stanley Cup in one hand and the Conn Smythe trophy and the other.
Pass along your ideas for paintings that can be modified for Stanley Cup Final purposes.
Art imitating life was never this much fun.
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