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Gainsborough’s Portraits are the Focus of Free Lunchtime Talk on December 13 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

December 05, 2007

Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough are the subjects of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk on Thursday, December 13, at 12:30 pm. Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts (CEVA) at the Clark, will lead this free half hour gallery talk on Gainsborough, perhaps the most accomplished and certainly one of the most sought-after portrait painters in England in the eighteenth century.

Gainsborough’s patrons included members of the aristocracy, such as Viscount Hampden, and rising stars of the London stage, like Elizabeth and Thomas Linley. Cassin will discuss both portraits during the lunchtime gallery talk.

The series continues on Thursday, January 10 with Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, discussing Man with a Serpent by Auguste Rodin. 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 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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