Tragic Tales of Love Gone Wrong at the Clark October 25

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2007

Famous, tragic tales of love gone wrong will be read by curators and illustrated through art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s “Love on the Rocks.” See how your heartbreaking tale stacks up as Clark curators explore this timeless theme on Thursday, October 25, at 6 pm. The $12 admission includes one beverage. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available. RSVP to 413-458-0524.

From literature, mythology, and history, Clark curators have selected famous love stories that have fascinated artists throughout the centuries from the ancients to the Pre-Raphaelites through to today. Assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann will discuss the story of Heloise and Abelard. From mythology, senior curator Richard Rand will talk about the rocky romance of Perseus and Andromeda. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will focus on the stories of Apollo and Daphne and Apollo and Hyacinth. Director of exhibitions and collection and curator of decorative art Kathleen Morris will get to the heart of Paulo and Francesca.

Romantic love will fill the galleries during Consuming Passion: Fragonard’s Allegories of Love on view October 28, 2007 through January 21, 2008. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) is best known as a painter of playful genre subjects, garden landscapes, and fantasy portraits. In his later career, Fragonard turned to the subject of romantic love and during the 1780s and 1790s created a series of dramatic reflections on the subject of romantic allegories. This exhibition explores these mysteries and evocative works in a variety of themes: oil painting, drawings, prints, and illustrated books.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 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 younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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