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Chess versus Backgammon, Afghanistan, Herat, Timurid period, 1427. Ink, colors, and silver and gold on paper. Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, TL41534.1.12.

Gallery Talk: Bernard Berenson and His Persian Paintings

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım will discuss works in a new exhibition of Persian paintings from Villa I Tatti.

Members Tour

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead members on a tour through select galleries while the museums are closed to the public.

Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Vesuvius Erupting at Night, 1767. Oil on canvas. Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire, U.K., CVCSC:0259.S, TL41687.
Photo: Courtesy of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Smoke

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Lucie Steinberg will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Elaine Mayes, 4th of July N.Y.C., 1978. Gelatin silver print.
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, P2002.1.6.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Independence Day.

Christopher Wilmarth, Saint, 1981. Etching in black ink with cut-out. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Estate of Susan Wilmarth, 2014.205.

Gallery Talk: Works by Christopher Wilmarth

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Sarah Kianovsky and exhibitions specialist Peter Schilling will together look at works in our Wilmarth exhibition, on view through Augus

Winslow Homer, Mink Pond, 1891. Watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.304.

Gallery Talk: Drawing from Nature—The Dutch Golden Age, Homer, and Watercolor

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

This talk will trace how the practice of drawing from nature evolved between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

John Bird, Astronomical Quadrant, c. 1764. Brass, glass, mahogany, and steel. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, 5004a, TL41679.7.
Courtesy of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Scientific Instruments at Harvard

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard lecturer Jean-François Gauvin, will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Chess versus Backgammon, Afghanistan, Herat, Timurid period, 1427. Ink, colors, and silver and gold on paper. Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, TL41534.1.12.

Gallery Talk: Materials and Techniques of Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Penley Knipe and Katherine Eremin will reveal discoveries made while conserving these paintings for a new exhibition.

Lobed Quatrefoil Flowerpot and Basin with Four Cloud Scroll Feet, Chinese, probably 15th century. Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated magenta and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 1 inscribed on base before firing; “Palace of Double Glory” (Chonghua gong) inscription incised on base at a later date.
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, 1942.185.56.1 (flowerpot); 1942.185.56.2 (basin).

Gallery Talk (in Mandarin Chinese): Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Today’s gallery talk, about our Jun ware exhibition, will be offered in Mandarin Chinese, by curatorial assistant Yan Yang.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Joseph Wilton, William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, 1766–69. Composite ceramic. Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, 1769, P17.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Sculpture

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Conservator Tony Sigel will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Unidentified artist, Crucified Christ, c. 1600–1650. Polychromed ivory. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1082.

Gallery Talk: From One Hand to Another—Ivories and Global Trade

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Learn how ivory objects have traveled around the world through complex trade networks.

The Mount, author Edith Wharton’s turn-of-the-century home, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of The Mount.

Members Day Trip: Exploring Art in Western Massachusetts

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Members will tour the Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home, and will enjoy lunch at the historic Red Lion Inn.

Lobed Flowerpot with Foliate Rim, Chinese, probably 15th century. Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated purple and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 1 (yi) inscribed on base before firing; “Hall of Mental Cultivation” (Yangxin dian) inscription incised on base at a later date. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, 1942.185.15.

Gallery Talk: Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Exhibition curator Melissa Moy will guide visitors through the Jun ware exhibition, on view through August 13.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1770. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon, 1961.16.1, TL41716.

Gallery Talk: Fragonard in Detail

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join us for an up-close look at Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Young Girl Reading, on loan from the National Gallery in Washington.

Members Tour

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead members on a tour through select galleries while the museums are closed to the public.

Chess versus Backgammon, Afghanistan, Herat, Timurid period, 1427. Ink, colors, and silver and gold on paper. Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, TL41534.1.12.

Gallery Talk: Materials and Techniques of Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Penley Knipe and Katherine Eremin will reveal discoveries made while conserving these paintings for a new exhibition.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Lightbox Gallery Talk: Interacting with Collections

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Learn how the Harvard Art Museums are using data visualization and analysis techniques to uncover the hidden lives of museum collections.

Christopher Wilmarth, Saint, 1981. Etching in black ink with cut-out. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Estate of Susan Wilmarth, 2014.205.

Gallery Talk: Christopher Wilmarth in the Harvard Art Museums

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Sarah Kianovsky, who curated the current Wilmarth exhibition, will discuss works by this 20th-century artist.

Lobed Quatrefoil Flowerpot and Basin with Four Cloud Scroll Feet, Chinese, probably 15th century. Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated magenta and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 1 inscribed on base before firing; “Palace of Double Glory” (Chonghua gong) inscription incised on base at a later date.
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, 1942.185.56.1 (flowerpot); 1942.185.56.2 (basin).

Gallery Talk (in Mandarin Chinese): Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Today’s gallery talk, about our Jun ware exhibition, will be offered in Mandarin Chinese, by curatorial assistant Yan Yang.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

John Smibert, after Anthony van Dyck, Cardinal Guido Bentivoglio, c. 1719–20. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of John Trumbull to Harvard College, 1791, 1969.50.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Color and Line

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Laura Turner Igoe will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Portland Vase, c. 1795. Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. Jasperware. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1181.

Gallery Talk: 18th-Century European Ceramics

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial assistant Casey Monahan will explore these elegant vessels.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Master of the Argonaut Panels, The Judgment of Paris, c. 1480. Tempera on panel, transferred to canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1928.169.

Gallery Talk: The Revival of Antiquity in Renaissance Art

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Learn how Renaissance artists referenced classical themes in this talk by research curator Danielle Carrabino.

W. & S. Jones, Jones’s Most Improved and Solar Compound Microscope, c. 1798; drawer removed from box, displaying slides, mounted specimens, and accessories. Brass, glass, and mahogany, with slides of paper and organic materials. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, 1184, TL1679.6.
Photo: Courtesy of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. TL41679.6.4.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Virtual Realities

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Elizabeth Athens, assistant curator at the Worcester Art Museum, will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Through the summer, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Johannes Bronckhorst, Two East Indian Birds, 17th century. Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on parchment, framing line in brown ink. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George S. Abrams in memory of Anthony Lewis, Harvard Class of 1948, 2013.171.

Gallery Talk: Nature and Artifice in the Dutch Golden Age

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

How did 17th-century Dutch artists incorporate the artificial into their depictions of nature?

Members Tour

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead members on a tour through select galleries while the museums are closed to the public.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Labor Day.