Boilly’s Second Scene of Robbers Steals the Spotlight During November 13 Lunchtime Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

November 03, 2008

Look once at Louis Léopold Boilly’s Second Scene of Robbers and it might seem like a printed illustration taken from a book. Look again and see that it is, in fact, an oil painting pretending to be a print. This intriguing painting will be the subject of the Thursday, November 13, Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will present the 12:30 pm gallery talk. Admission is free.

Second Scene of Robbersis one of several paintings in the Clark’s collection by Boilly, who painted portraits and scenes of everyday life, and who was also adept at “trompe l'oeil” images—paintings that literally fool the eyes of the spectator into believing they are something they are not. Join Cassin for a half hour look at Boilly's work, and enjoy 30 minutes of being fooled!

The series continues on Thursday, December 11, with Danielle Steinmann, discussing Joan of Arc by Marie d’Orleans. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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