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Fall Course at the Clark Surveys British Art From Charles I to the Twentieth Century

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2007

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s recent gift of over 200 British works of art from the Manton Foundation inspires this year's fall course. In four illustrated presentations, the Clark's curator of education Michael Cassin will look at the history of painting in Britain, from the elegant portraits and exciting narrative paintings produced by continental artists brought to England by King Charles I, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the exciting variety of British painting in the twentieth century. The series, "Art in Britain: From Van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely to David Hockney and Paula Rego," is held on the first Thursdays of September, October, November, and December from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0563. Cost is $6 per class ($4 for members) or $22 for the series ($15 for members).

On Thursday, September 6, the first lecture in the “Art in Britain” series will focus on “Art at the Court of Charles I.” When the Flemish painter Rubens visited Britain in 1629, he was astounded by the quantity, quality and variety of the art collections that he found at the Court of King Charles I. These included paintings by Rembrandt, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Rubens himself, and portraits by Van Dyck, depicting the royal court in all its splendor. This lecture will look at the remarkable collection acquired by one of the most sophisticated connoisseurs of the seventeenth century.

The remaining classes in the series are “Art and the Grand Tour” on October 4, “Art in the Industrial Age” on November 1, and “Art in Britain in the Twentieth Century” on December 6.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily July 1 through September 17, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September 18 through June 30). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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