Clark To Present Lecture on Images of The Passion in Art

For Immediate Release

April 01, 2004

As the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ remains a topic of discussion and debate, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present the public lecture "Painting the Passion" on Saturday, April 10, at 3 p.m. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will discuss images of The Passion as depicted by artists in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Admission is free.

"As the voice of the visual arts in our region, we are pleased to be able to offer this lecture on a topic of such current interest," said Cassin. "The Passion has been a frequent subject in art throughout the centuries, and has been depicted in a variety of ways, including some that are quite graphic. We invite people to attend whatever their feelings about the film. We hope this lecture will be the first of many such programs relating art and art history to current issues in popular culture."

Among the paintings Cassin will discuss are The Lamentation (c. 1490) by Jan Provost the Younger and Christ Crowned with Thorns, attributed to Ercole de' Roberti (c. 1456-1496). He will also consider two 1511 series by German printmaker Albrecht Dürer; the Clark owns all twelve woodcuts in Dürers' Large Passion and all 37 in the Small Passion. The drawing Crucifixion (c. 1651) by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, acquired by the Clark in December with 29 other Old Master drawings from the collection of the late John and Alice Steiner, will also be included.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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