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Ancient Forms in Modern Times

Although our Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition focuses primarily on ancient works, a number of modern examples attest to the enduring appeal of these unique forms of drinkware.

Listening with Jace Clayton

Clayton writes about his conception of his current Lightbox Gallery installation and his experience as a visiting artist at the museums.

New Books Hit the Shelves

Make room on your bookshelf—four new publications are out from the Harvard Art Museums this fall and early winter.

Tag Along on a Tour: Gifford’s Leander’s Tower on the Bosporus

Harvard senior and student tour guide Mahnoor Ali discusses Sanford Robinson Gifford’s Leander’s Tower on the Bosporus.

Tag Along on a Tour: Ingres’s Raphael and the Fornarina

Harvard senior and student tour guide Richard Dunn discusses Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Raphael and the Fornarina.

Géricault’s “Stone Paper”

In preparing for the exhibition Mutiny: Works by Géricault, conservators and conservation scientists combined historical research, close looking, scientific analysis, and artistic re-creations to better understand “stone paper,” a printing surface that Géricault used as an alternative to limestone.

Looking Forward: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Laura Muir, curator of the upcoming special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, recently sat down with us to discuss the enduring appeal of the Bauhaus and Harvard’s place in its history.

Tag Along on a Tour: Klimt’s Pear Tree

Harvard senior and student tour guide Spencer Glesby discusses Gustav Klimt’s Pear Tree.

The Mysteries of Prince Shōtoku

As we prepare for a 2019 exhibition about this remarkable 13th-century sculpture, curators and conservators are seeking answers to longstanding questions about the object.

A Clearer View

In preparation for our Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition, conservators pioneered a treatment to reduce staining on, and enhance the interpretation of, an ancient Greek jar.