Museums

  • 2017 May 23

    Lecture: The Hungry Eye: Art and Ambition in Copley’s Boston

    3:00pm

    Location: 

    Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

    Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
    Admission: Free with museums admission
    Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
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    John Singleton Copley grew up in mid-18th-century Boston, which maps proclaimed “the metropolis of New England.” For at least a generation, scholars accepted this description, emphasizing the cosmopolitanism of the town—a British seaport whose chattering classes called London “home”—and imagined Harvard as a seat of learning with firm claims to membership, even leadership, in a global republic of letters. Copley’s biography reveals a more complicated place, where it was easier to read than to see and easier to yearn than to achieve. … Read more about Lecture: The Hungry Eye: Art and Ambition in Copley’s Boston

  • 2017 May 31

    Cracking the Code: Glimpses into the Making of a Mughal Album Folio from the I Tatti Collection

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

    Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
    Admission: Free admission. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm. Following the lecture, the exhibition A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti will be open for one hour.
    Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
    Exhibition runs: May 20-August 13, 2017
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    Scholars are just beginning to understand Mughal albums—elusive, eclectic, palimpsest-like assemblages of paintings and calligraphy. A close look at an early 17th-century imperial Mughal folio acquired by art collector Bernard Berenson in 1911 yields new information about how it and albums like it were made. In this lecture, scholar Laura Parodi will discuss aspects of the album that offer clues to the anonymous artists who compiled such albums, giving us insight into the artists’ techniques and the shortcuts they used to work efficiently and to the full satisfaction of their patrons. What begins as a tale of two collectors—Bernard Berenson and the Mughal emperor Jahangir—turns into an intricate story with multiple voices, challenging Western assumptions about authorship.… Read more about Cracking the Code: Glimpses into the Making of a Mughal Album Folio from the I Tatti Collection