Clark Visiting Professor Presents “Early Modern Assemblage: Creating Antiquities” on April 10 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2007

The rules for antiquities were different in the 17th and 18th centuries and treatment of Classical art proves it. Antiquities were admired, cherished, but also treated brutally. Looking at how antiquities fared from discovery to display calls into question the modern use of terms like "restoration," "forgery," and even what is meant by an "antiquity." Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor Miranda Marvin will explore this topic during “Early Modern Assemblage: Creating Antiquities” on Tuesday, April 10. This free 5:30 pm lecture will be held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Marvin is Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art at Williams College, and Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Archaeology at Wellesley College. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Harvard University.

The Clark is one of the country’s foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. It is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, sponsors one of the nation’s leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The Clark encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world.

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