‘UNVEILING THE NUDE’ LECTURE AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE USHERS IN SUMMER EXHIBITION

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2016
 
‘UNVEILING THE NUDE’ LECTURE AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE
USHERS IN SUMMER EXHIBITION
Free lecture celebrates opening of Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Miguel Falomir, deputy director of the Museo Nacional del Prado, Thomas Loughman, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (formerly associate director at the Clark), and Lara Yeager-Crasselt, interim curator of paintings and sculpture at the Clark, present “Unveiling the Nude: The Story of Splendor, Myth, and Vision” on Saturday, June 11 at 3 pm. The free lecture, which takes place on opening day of the exhibition, will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
 
The three participants reveal the story of how Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado came to be; the history of royal collecting in Spain and in the foundation of the Prado; and the fascinating and complex culture of collecting and displaying the nude.
 
Splendor, Myth, and Vision, exclusively at the Clark, features twenty-eight Old Master paintings of the nude, twenty-four of which have never been on view in the United States. The exhibition examines the collecting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings of the nude at the Spanish court, explores the histories of these works and their display in the Spanish Royal Collections, and reconsiders the significant role of the nude in European art. The exhibition is on view June 11–October 10, 2016.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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