Tim Barringer to Speak on Rossetti April 22

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (April 13, 2001) - Tim Barringer, assistant professor of the history of art at Yale University, will give the lecture "Rossetti: Pre-Raphaelite to Aesthete" at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m. Barringer will discuss the career of British artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose female portraits are currently featured in the exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s: The Blue Bower. Admission is free. Barringer has taught at the universities of London and Birmingham and has published widely on Victorian visual culture. He is the author of the books Frederic Leighton and Reading the Pre-Raphaelites. Throughout the exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s, on view through May 6, the Clark will present a free public program every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Upcoming programs will be a "Pictures and Poetry" family event on April 29 and the film Angels and Insects on May 6. For more information, call 413-458-2303, extension 512.

Rossetti in the 1860s highlights the English painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (a group of artists dedicated to the apparent simplicity and purity of the early Renaissance). In the 1860s, Rossetti turned from biblical and legendary subjects to 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. 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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