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Grab Lunch and a Bit of Art Knowledge at Lunchtime Gallery Talk at the Clark on August 10

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2006

Bernardo Strozzi's painting Saint Jerome will be the final subject of the current Looking at Lunchtime Gallery Talk series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, August 10 at 12:30 pm, Michael Cassin, curator of education, will discuss this intriguing portrait during a half hour gallery talk. This painting is part of a private European collection on loan to the Clark for three years. The talks, featuring a curator or special guest highlighting a work of art or collection at the Clark, are free with gallery admission.

Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café, eat at Jae’s at the Clark, bring a bag lunch, or picnic on the grounds of the Clark before or after the gallery talk.

The loan consists of Madonna with a Rose (1638) by Simon Vouet, Boy with a Roemer of Wine by Candlelight (1623) by Hendrik Terbrugghen, Saint Jerome (1630s) by Bernardo Strozzi, and General François-Ignace Ervoil d'Oyré (1799) by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.

The paintings by Vouet, Terbrugghen, and Strozzi date to the 17th century, and the addition of these three Baroque paintings to the Clark’s galleries enhances its presentation of a vital period of European painting. All three paintings reflect the wide-ranging impact of the groundbreaking style of Caravaggio. The Greuze portrait of General d'Oyre complements the Clark’s already rich holdings of late 18th and early 19th century French art, including works by Jacques-Louis David, Jean Auguste DominiqueIngres, and Jean-Léon Gérôme.

The Clark’s new acquisitions headline the next series of Looking at Lunchtime talks on the second Thursdays of the month, September through December. On September 14, be among the first to hear curator Richard Rand explain the details and history of Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape by the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix, now on view as part of Delacroix and the Horse.

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

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