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The hardest thing about a visit to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston this weekend will be where to start! See the Masters at work in drawing, painting and design as you take in all the new galleries and period rooms have to offer.

MFA Dutch Gallery, Period Rooms, and Michelangelo

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane is on view until Sunday and features a rich and varied selection of 26 works preserved in the artist's family home, the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence. The exhibition includes many of Michelangelo’s (1475–1564) great renowned drawings, which illustrate how he alternated between interpretations of the divine and the worldly, or profane, throughout his career.

The new Dutch and Flemish Gallery is one of its grandest spaces in the museum, opening with the exhibit Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century The gallery features paintings illustrating the full range of art production in the Netherlands. Included are fine landscapes, still lifes, genre scenes, portraits, and religious histories by acclaimed artists, such as  Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jan Steen, and Jacob van Ruisdael.

Newland House Drawing Room: Originally a place to “withdraw” to for privacy and conversation, this room was a mid-18th-century addition to the house by its owner, John Probyn, part of a suite of new rooms designed in the popular Neo-Palladian style. The room is completely authentic, down to the oak flooring and elaborately carved classical frieze with emblems of the arts and learning. The MFA purchased the paneled walls and floor when the estate passed out of private ownership in 1930. The house was destroyed by fire in 2012.

Hamilton Palace Dining Room: The oak-paneled dining room was one of the state apartments in Hamilton Palace, the vast residence of the Dukes of Hamilton just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. It was completed in 1694 by Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, with the leading Scottish architect James Smith. By the mid-19th century, Hamilton Palace was Scotland’s largest and grandest country house and featured one of the best private art collections in Britain. It was purchased for the MFA in 1924 and installed in 1928, then dismantled in 2002 in preparation for the construction of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing, which opened in November 2010.

Hollywood and Hitler: (in bookstores now) Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films. Should Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm?