Walter Gibson To Speak At The Clark November 6

For Immediate Release

October 29, 2004

Walter Gibson, author of Pleasant Places: The Rustic Landscape from Bruegel to Ruisdael will speak at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 6, at 2 p.m. His topic will be "Form and Function in the Netherlands in the 15th and 16th centuries." Gibson's talk, offered in connection with the current exhibition Medieval Mystery: Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage?, is free and open to the public.

The 15th-century Netherlandish painter known only as The Master of the Embroidered Foliage is best recognized for his panel paintings of the Virgin and Child. The virtually identical compositions depict Mary in voluminous robes, seated on a throne while the Christ child in her arms leafs through an illustrated manuscript. The backgrounds of these detailed panels vary greatly from landscape to city streets. All are rich in palette and pattern and are finely painted with great detail. Medieval Mystery: Who is The Master of the Embroidered Foliage? brings together for the first time four of these works from public and private collections in the United States, Belgium, and France, including the painting from the Clark's collection. An innovative presentation encourages visitors to participate in solving the mysteries of this artist.

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.

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