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Lecture and Film Series to Open Medieval Mystery

For Immediate Release

October 04, 2004

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will kick off the fall exhibition Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage with an opening lecture on Saturday, October 9, at 3 p.m. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will give the introductory lecture. On Sunday, October 10, at 2 p.m., the related film series "Medieval Mysteries" will begin with a screening of Eric Rohmer's 1978 film, Perceval (140 minutes, French with English subtitles). Admission to both programs is free.

The lecture will be followed by a members-only reception. New members are welcome. For more information on membership, call 413-458-0425.

The film series will be offered every Sunday at 2 p.m. through December 12. All films in the series are set in late medieval Europe. Scheduled films in October are: Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973, 120 minutes), a "proto-hippie" retelling of the life of St. Francis set to the music of Donovan, on October 17; The Name of the Rose (1986, 30 minutes) starring Sean Connery in an adaptation of Umberto Eco's bestseller on October 24; and Andrei Rublev (1966, 185 minutes, Russian with subtitles), the classic story of a Russian icon painter, on October 31.

Future films will include The Lion in Winter, The Seventh Seal, and The Return of Martin Guerre. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

The 15th-century Netherlandish painter known only as The Master of the Embroidered Foliage is best recognized for his panel paintings of the Virgin and Child. The virtually identical compositions depict Mary in voluminous robes, seated on a throne while the Christ child in her arms leafs through an illustrated manuscript. The backgrounds of these detailed panels vary greatly from landscape to city streets. All are rich in palette and pattern and are finely painted with great detail. Medieval Mystery: Who is The Master of the Embroidered Foliage? brings together for the first time four of these works from public and private collections in the United States, Belgium, and France, including the painting from the Clark's collection. An innovative presentation encourages visitors to participate in solving the mysteries of this artist.

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.

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