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Paintings Go "Face to Face" in Clark Mini-Course

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2003

Portrait paintings are the subject of a four-part mini course to be offered at the Clark Art Institute. "Face to Face" will pair off portraits from the Clark's permanent collection on the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m., beginning November 5. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will teach the course for adults with a general interest in art history. Registration for the entire course is $22 ($18 for members). To register, call the education department at 413-458-230, extension 363.
Participants may also attend individual sessions for $6 each ($5 for members).

The November 5 session will compare Portrait of a Lady (c. 1490) by Domenico Ghirlandaio with Young Christian Girl (1894) by Paul Gauguin. On December 3, Cassin will look at The Canon Gilles Joye (1472) by Hans Memling and Portrait of a Man (1875-80) by Edgar Degas. American paintings are the focus on January 7, when George Washington (after 1796) by Gilbert Stuart meets Harriet Campbell (c. 1815) by Ammi Phillips. The final session of the course on February 4 will examine The Warrior (c. 1769) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and The Comte de Turenne (1816) by Jacques-Louis David.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free November through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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