Children's Valentines Program at the Clark has Something for Adults too

For Immediate Release

February 02, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (February 2, 2001) - Children ages four through twelve are invited to explore themes of love in art at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, February 11, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Children will look search the paintings in the Clark collection for symbols of love, then make gifts for their Valentines in the café. While the children are occupied, curator of education Michael Cassin will give an "adults-only" gallery talk focusing on the themes of romance in the exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s: The Blue Bower. Admission is free; pre-registration is required. To register, call the Education Department at 413-458-2303, extension 363.

Rossetti in the 1860s highlights the English painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). In the 1860s, Rossetti painted a series of half-length portraits of models who epitomized his ideal of female beauty-what he call "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. 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.

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

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