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A Couple’s Secrets Revealed During June 14 Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2007

Two portraits by Frans Hals included in the exhibition Dutch Dialogues are the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, June 14 at 12:30 pm, Nadia Baadj, a 2007 graduate of the Clark/Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, will discuss Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan and Maritge Vooght Claesdr., Wife of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, Mayor of Haarlem and the fascinating history these companion portraits share during a half hour gallery talk. This talk is free with gallery admission.

Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan on loan from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, and Maritge Vooght Claesdr., Wife of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, Mayor of Haarlem on loan from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, were originally painted as a pair, but have been separated for nearly two centuries. When Gwen Tauber, Senior Paintings Conservator at the Rijksmuseum, set out to restore the portrait of Maritge Vooght Claesdr. during a sabbatical at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in 2006, she discovered startling surprises. During this gallery talk hear what Baadj and Tauber uncovered through their collaboration.

Looking at Lunchtime gallery talks continue with senior curator Richard Rand and curator of education Michael Cassin examining four works of art by Renoir, Van Gogh, and Millet also featured in the exhibition Dutch Dialogues. 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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