Painting sent to Philly because of Super Bowl bet is set to return to MFA

Philadelphia Museum of Art

At last, Mercy Otis Warren will be back where she belongs.

A portrait of the political writer/propagandist who urged colonists to resist the redcoats during the Revolutionary War has been on loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the past three months, the result of a Super Bowl bet between the PMA and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. (When the Malcolm Butler-less Patriots lost to Philadelphia Eagles, Ms. Warren was shipped to Philly.)

The portrait of the American patriot, painted sometime around 1763 by John Singleton Copley, has been prominently displayed on the first floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Monday, it’ll be taken down and returned to the MFA, where it’ll once more take up residence in the museum’s Art of the Americas Wing.