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Sixteenth Annual Julius S. Held Lecture Series will be April 18 and 19 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2000

The annual two-lecture series honoring distinguished art historian Dr. Julius S. Held will be presented at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Clark and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, the series reflects the contributions that Dr. Held made to the fields of German and Flemish art over the course of his sixty-seven year career. This year's speaker will be David Jaffé, senior curator at The National Gallery, London, who will deliver two different lectures about Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641).

Jaffé's topic on April 18 will be "Van Dyck: Process and Development," followed by a reception. On April 19 he will give the talk "A Window onto the Renaissance: Van Dyck's Italian Sketchbook." Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Before joining The National Gallery in 1998, Jaffé was curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he acquired more than twenty-seven paintings and was responsible for the hanging of the new galleries that opened in 1997. As an independent scholar he curated the major exhibition Rubens and the Italian Renaissance for museums in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia, and wrote the book Rubens and His Friends: Some New Letters. His other publications include Masterpieces of Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Earl and Countess of Arundel: Renaissance Collectors, as well as numerous articles and essays in scholarly publications.

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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