Clark to Offer "Mini-Course" on Looking at Paintings

For Immediate Release

February 18, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (February 16, 2001) - "Looking Twice, Seeing Double" is the focus of a four-part mini-course to be offered at the Clark Art Institute on Wednesdays, February 28, March 28, April 25, and May 30, at 3:30 p.m. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will teach the course, each week discussing a different pairing of paintings from the Clark collection. Cost for the entire course is $22 ($18 for members). Visitors may also attend individual talks for $6 ($5 members). To register, call 413-458-2303, extension 363.

"Exploring a work of art takes time, and the longer we look, the more we are likely to see," says Cassin. "My goal for the course is to encourage visitors to spend a little longer looking at and thinking about paintings."  Each session will consist of a slide talk by Cassin, discussion, and an opportunity to view the paintings in the galleries. The first session on February 28 will be "Madonnas by Piero and the Master of the Embroidered Foliage." On March 28, the subject will be "Landscapes by Claude and Ruisdael." The topic on April 25 will be "Gods and Goddesses by Boucher and Tiepolo." On May 30, Cassin will focus on "Views of Étretat by Boldini and Monet."

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

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