Become a Grand Tourist during Lunchtime Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

August 21, 2009

Feed your hunger for art by joining Terri Boccia, acquisitions librarian at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, as she examines Hubert Robert’s painting Roman Ruins with Laundresses on Thursday, September 10. This Looking at Lunchtime Talk is free with paid gallery admission and held at 12:30 pm.

In the eighteenth century, Rome was at least as popular with visitors as it is today. Travelers from Northern Europe—and even a few from North America—braved the rigors of uncomfortable carriages, inedible food, and unspeakable accommodations to gaze in wonder at the ruins of the ancient world. Artists like Hubert Robert produced images like the splendid Roman Ruins with Laundresses (about 1770) for these Grand Tourists to take home.

The series continues on Thursday, October 8, when curatorial assistant Sarah Hammond will look at Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the Background. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food at the Clark or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk. Looking at Lunchtime Talks are free with paid gallery admission June 1 through October 31.

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

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