The History of Rodin’s Man With a Serpent Revealed at Looking at Lunchtime Talk on January 10 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

December 27, 2007

Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of Man with a Serpent is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk on Thursday, January 10, at 12:30 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education at the Clark, will lead this free half-hour gallery talk on a famous sculpture with an interesting “family” history.

“I was almost hoping you wouldn’t like it, as I would like to have had it myself,” wrote Sterling Clark on June 25, 1914, to his brother Stephen. The note accompanied Sterling’s gift of Rodin’s Man with a Serpent. Years later when the brothers were no longer on speaking terms, Stephen sold the sculpture to a dealer. To keep the relative peace between the estranged brothers, a secret deal was struck and Sterling once again purchased the sculpture, this time keeping it for himself.

The series continues on Thursday, February 14, with senior curator Richard Rand discussing drawings by Claude Lorrain. 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 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


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