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    Critic’s picks in Boston-area art museums

    Claire Curneen’s “Blue” in “New Blue and White” at the Museum of Fine Arts.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Claire Curneen’s “Blue” in “New Blue and White” at the Museum of Fine Arts.

    ANDERS ZORN: A EUROPEAN ARTIST SEDUCES AMERICA

    A small but stellar show of paintings, etchings, and watercolors by the great Swedish artist, who was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and friend of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Through May 13. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

    NEW BLUE AND WHITE

    A brilliant, out-of-the-box show looking at the dynamic responses of contemporary artists across the world to the tradition of blue and white porcelain. Through July 14. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

    EDWARDIAN OPULENCE: BRITISH ART AT THE DAWN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    A survey of British art that deepens our idea of a period that serves, rather thinly, as the backdrop to “Downton Abbey.” Through June 2. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. 877-274-8278, britishart.yale.edu

    IN HARMONY: THE NORMA JEAN CALDERWOOD COLLECTION OF ISLAMIC ART

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    Ceramics, illustrated folio pages, and drawings on paper, most of them exquisite, make up this exhibition of Persianate work from the ninth to 19th centuries. Through June 1. Arthur M. Sackler Museum. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit SEBASTIAN SMEE