See the Castel Sant’angelo, Rome through Corot’s Eyes during Lunchtime Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2009

Like so many artists of his time, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot traveled to Italy in the nineteenth century to study the place that first inspired traditional academic painting. Join associate curator of European art Sarah Lees on an exploration of one of Corot’s most beloved and well-known paintings, Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, on Thursday, November 12, at 12:30 pm. Looking at Lunchtime Talks are free and held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Aside from painting the countryside surrounding Rome, Corot also depicted many of the famous architectural and natural sites within the city, including the fortress of the Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber. Although the lively handing of the paint and the brilliant effects of light seem to suggest that Corot painted this work while observing this landscape, Corot probably painted much, if not all, of the piece once he had returned to France. This talk will explore both the beauty and the complexity of Corot’s painting.

The series continues on Thursday, December 10, when Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will look at Landscape with the Voyage of Jacob by Claude Lorrain. All 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.

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


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