“Art and the Grand Tour” Next in Fall Series at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2007

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s recent gift of over 200 British works of art from the Manton Foundation inspires this year's fall course, "Art in Britain: From Van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely to David Hockney and Paula Rego." From the elegant portraits and exciting narrative paintings produced by continental artists brought to England by King Charles I, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the exciting variety of British painting in the twentieth century, the Clark's curator of education Michael Cassin will look at the history of painting in Britain. The series is held on the first Thursdays of September, October, November, and December from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0563. Cost is $6 per class ($4 for members).

The second class in the series will explore “Art and the Grand Tour” on October 4. If travel broadens the mind, then eighteenth-century British gentlemen tried to be as broad-minded as possible, at least within certain limits. The Grand Tour of continental Europe exposed hundreds of wealthy young men (and occasionally young women) to the art and culture of France and Italy, and the spectacular scenery of Germany. From their travels, they returned to Britain laden with paintings, prints and other artifacts to remind them of where they'd been, and these European works in turn influenced the British painters who stayed at home. Join Cassin for a virtual grand tour in the comfort of the Clark's auditorium.

The remaining classes in the series are “Art in the Industrial Age” on November 1 and “Art in Britain in the Twentieth Century” on December 6.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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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