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Rossetti and Victorian Womanhood Film Series Continues April 1

For Immediate Release

March 22, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (March 22, 2001) - The film series "In Thrall: Rossetti and Victorian Womanhood" will continue on Sunday, April 1, at the Clark Art Institute. The Clark will screen the biographical film Dante's Inferno: The Life of Gabriel Rossetti at 1:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m., Far from the Madding Crowd (1967, 169 minutes) will be shown. The series is offered in connection with the exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s: The Blue Bower. Admission is free.

Dante's Inferno stars Oliver Reed as English painter and poet Rossetti, whose sumptuous female portraits are the focus of the Clark exhibition. The ninety-minute film, directed by Ken Russell, looks at Rossetti's life, loves, and association with the artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Dante's Inferno will be shown again on Sunday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m.

Directed by John Schlesinger, Far from the Madding Crowd is based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. Julie Christie stars as Bathsheba Everdene, the ravishing beauty who bewitches Alan Bates, Peter Finch, and Terence Stamp. The Victorian era countryside is rendered by cinematographer Nicholas Roeg. The final film in the series, Angels and Insects (1995, 117 minutes) will be shown on Sunday, May 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Rossetti in the 1860s highlights Rossetti (1828-1882) and his half-length portraits of models who epitomized his ideal of female beauty-what he called "stunners." Rossetti's favorite models, who included his wife Elizabeth Siddal and his mistress Fanny Cornforth, shared common traits of long, elegant necks, cupid's-bow mouths, heavy-lidded eyes, and rich, wavy hair. Rossetti depicted these women, usually surrounded by rich fabrics and exotic decoration, in literary and idealized terms, often with an undertone of dangerous sensuality. The exhibition is organized by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham, England. The Clark is the only American venue for the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition, the Clark presents a free public program every Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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