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Take In a View of Venice During the May 14 Looking at Lunchtime Talk

For Immediate Release

May 04, 2009

Enjoy the view across Venice’s Lido without jetlag by joining Michael Cassin, director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, as he examines Francesco Guardi’s oil painting San Giorgio Maggiore on Thursday, May 14. This Looking at Lunchtime Talk is free and held at 12:30 pm.

Venice in the eighteenth century was as popular with visiting tourists as it is today.Artists like Canaletto, Bellotto, and Francesco Guardi painted its palaces, its canals and its churches to satisfy the demand for images of this remarkable city. Guardi’s atmospheric painting of San Giorgio Maggiore (c. 1780) captured a spectacular view of this majestic church. The classical facade was designed in 1566 by Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential figures in the history of Western architecture.

The series continues on Thursday, June 11, when Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, will look at Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Girl with a Fan. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk. Looking at Lunchtime Talks are free with paid gallery admission June 1 through October 31.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA.The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May.Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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