There's "More Than Meets The Eye" At The Clark October 16-17

For Immediate Release

October 07, 2004

The "secret language" of signs and symbols in art is the topic of a weekend course at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, October 16 and 17, 2004. Adults with a general interest in art and art history are invited to learn to "decode" works of art from the 15th and 16th centuries in the course "More than Meets the Eye." The in-depth course combines slide lectures by Clark curators with in-gallery sessions where participants will learn directly with the actual works of art. Registration for the two-day course is $500 per person ($400 for members) and includes all sessions, museum admission, coffee and lunch both days, Saturday evening dinner, and a farewell tea. To register, call 413-458-0524.

The inspiration for the course is the Clark's exhibition A Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage?, on view October 9-January 2. The exhibition features the work of a mysterious Netherlandish artist known only as The Master of the Embroidered Foliage. The exhibition explores issues of art conservation and scientific analysis as well as new discoveries of art historical evidence. The paintings in the exhibition, being brought together for the first time ever, all feature a virtually identical figure of the Virgin and Child. However, the details in the richly painted backgrounds all vary. The course will explore how different details change the meaning of the painting. Other works of art from the medieval and Renaissance era, including rarely seen prints and drawings, will also be explored in the program.

Topics covered in the program will include: "Reading the Image: Signs and Symbols in Late Medieval Europe;" "Pictures in Print: Woodcuts and Engravings of the 15th Century;" "Naming Names: Where Did All These 'Masters' Come From?;" "God's Architecture: The Iconography of the Gothic Cathedral;" "Music in the Late Middle Ages;" "Painting in Early Renaissance Europe;" and "Devotional Art in a Modern World."

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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