Recently Acquired Sculpture is the Focus of the Free Looking at Lunchtime Talk May 10 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 07, 2007

A new acquisition, a white marble sculpture titled Mater Dolorosa by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, May 10 at 12:30 pm, Michael Cassin, curator of education, will discuss this work and its history during a half hour gallery talk. This talk is free.

This magnificent sculpture dated 1870 is one of Carpeaux’s most moving works, his last great marble. Mater Dolorosa, or Our Lady of Sorrows, grew out of an experience in the streets of Paris: Carpeaux encountered a former model grieving over the death of her child. He took her to his studio and created this extraordinarily expressive bust. Versions in plaster, bronze, and terra cotta exist, but this marble is unique. Critics admired its naturalism while recognizing its debt to such earlier masters as Bernini. Others admired the artist’s skill at carving the stone.

Looking at Lunchtime gallery talks continue with Nadia Baadj, M.A. candidate 2007, Clark/Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, examining two portraits by Frans Hals on June 14. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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