Met Curator to Speak at the Clark November 20

For Immediate Release

November 11, 2004

Maryan Ainsworth, curator of early Netherlandish art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will speak at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 20, at 2 p.m. Her topic will be "Technical Aspects of Netherlandish Art," including infrared, radiography, and other techniques used to analyze centuries-old paintings. The lecture is offered in connection with the current exhibition Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage? Admission is free.

Ainsworth is co-author of the catalogue From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and editor of the recent Early Netherlandish Painting at the Crossroads: A Critical Look at Current Methodologies. Her other publications include the book Art and Autoradiography: Insights into the Genesis of Paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Vermeer.

Medieval Mystery: Who is The Master of the Embroidered Foliage? is on view at the Clark through January 2. 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 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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