Free Fellows Lectures in November and December at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2007

From art and Eros in the 1960s to Bacchus and Christ in Italian Renaissance painting, thought-provoking and intriguing topics are being explored this fall in free lectures by Clark Fellows at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Clark lectures are open to the public and held on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.

On Tuesday, November 6, fellow William Tronzo will present “Circuit Diagram: The Park at Hesdin.” Tronzo, specialist in Medieval, Byzantine, and Italian Renaissance studies, has held several research appointments and teaching posts in the United States and abroad. While a fellow at the Clark, Tronzo will pursue his book project “Petrarch’s Two Gardens: Landscape and the Image of Movement,” a study of imagery and movement in the designed landscape at the threshold between the medieval and early modern world.

Fellow Jennifer Roberts is Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She will lecture on “Pictures in Transit?” on Tuesday, November 13. While at the Clark, Roberts will be working on her book, a project revisiting American art between the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Tracing the transportation of pictures, Roberts will be drawing the works of the period into a newer dialogue within the humanities.

Fellow Philippe Morel will present "Bacchus and Christ in Italian Renaissance Painting" on Tuesday, December 4. Morel is professor of art history and director of the Center for the Study of Renaissance Art at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). As a Renaissance scholar, Morel has addressed such diverse topics as grotesques, mythology, scientific culture, magic, astrology, and cosmology. In his Clark project, “Bacchus and Christ: Wine and Vine in Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Art,” Morel will focus on the representation of Bacchus and wine, most especially the relationships between pagan Bacchus imagery and Christian imagery.

The Clark announced 18 fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. Fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals whose work extends and enhances the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. The program encourages a critical commitment to research in the theory, history, and interpretation of works from all periods and genres.

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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