You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Museum of Fine Arts offers a new way to experience work

It is, to say the least, an unexpected way to treat a not-so-famous 377-year-old painting. But the Museum of Fine Arts has decided to use “The Triumph of the Winter Queen: Allegory of the Just,” a sprawling oil portrait by the Dutch artist Gerrit van Honthorst, in a new experiment.

The 10-by-15-foot painting has been put on view in the museum’s Loring Gallery accompanied by a nine-minute film created for the MFA. There’s also a lot to read. The gallery walls are covered in texts detailing the history of the painting, the museum’s extensive restoration of it — done over 18 months in full view of the public — and the lives of the characters who became Honthorst’s subjects. The painting is on long-term loan to the MFA by an anonymous donor.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week