Art in Perfume/Perfume in Art at the Clark December 13

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2007

Discover the art of perfume and perfume in art on Thursday, December 13 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The lively evening begins at 7 pm with author Richard Stamelman discussing love, perfume, and art. Following the lecture, there will be a sampling of exclusive fragrances by Norma Kamali. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 ($12 for members) and can be purchased by calling 413-458-0524 or visiting

Stamelman, author of Perfume: Joy, Scandal, Sin - A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present, will use Consuming Passion: Fragonard’s Allegories of Love (currently on view at the Clark) as a starting point for the evening. He will examine the different visual representations of courtship, gallantry, coquetry, seduction, and lovemaking in Fragonard’s wondrously sensual paintings of the eighteenth century and those no less sensual dramatizations of love that Coty, Guerlain, Chanel, Patou, Yves Saint Laurent, and others have created in the twentieth century for their perfumes and perfume advertisements. If “the state of being in love,” as one philosopher has written, “is par excellence the state of being perfumed,” then the creations of Fragonard and of fragrance offer a strikingly similar vision of love and desire. From the scent and the bottles to the print advertisements and television commercials, Stamelman will explore perfume during the late nineteenth to twenty-first centuries.

Stamelman is a professor of romance languages at Dartmouth College. He is an honorary member of the Société Française des Parfumeurs and winner of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Following the discussion, Mikki Brown, proprietor of theBrowns in Williamstown, will offer sampling of eleven exclusive Norma Kamali fragrances including those from her BarXV Wellness Collection.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open 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


Return to the previous page