For Immediate Release
April 5, 2016
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Clark Fellow Stephen J. Campbell presents, “Against Titian” on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 pm. The free lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion at the Clark Center.
Campbell presents part of a work in progress on the geography of art in sixteenth-century Italy, focusing on the conflicted reception of the work of the great Venetian painter Titian outside of his home city. He also contrasts Titian’s production for destinations outside Italy—where he performs as the quintessential artist of the Italian modern manner—with a very different “Italian” or “Venetian” Titian.
Stephen J. Campbell is Professor in History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. A central concern of his work is the historical investigation of “style” and its role in visual communication, as well as questions of canon formation and the geography of art. His most recent book Art in Italy 1400–1600, co-authored with Michael Cole, will soon appear in Japanese and Italian editions. At the Clark, Campbell is developing a project on Andrea Mantegna, exploring the depiction of art objects and simulation of artistic media in the artist’s work.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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