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"Troy Stories" at the Clark May 22

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2004

Following up on the success of its lecture on The Passion last month, the Clark will present another talk related to current popular culture. On Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m., Michael Cassin, curator of education, will give the lecture "Troy Stories," inspired by the new Brad Pitt movie Troy. Cassin will explore images of Troy and the Trojan War as depicted by artists over the centuries. Admission is free.

Cassin's slide talk will feature works of art from the Clark collection and elsewhere, all illustrating episodes from the legends of Troy. Paintings will include the "prequel" to the Trojan war, The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis (1612), by Joachim Wtewael. The "sequel" will also be discussed by way of the sculpture, The Abduction of Polyxena by Pio Fédi, which shows Achilles son exacting his revenge (for what we won't say--we don't want to spoil the ending). Cassin will also discuss Léon Benouville's The Wrath of Achilles, a full-length portrait of the character portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film. The actual painting will be seen at the Clark later this summer in the special exhibition, "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, on view June 27 through September 6.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is free through June 26, 2004. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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