Creature Feature: Merpeople!

October 20, 2020

Take a (virtual) trip to the sea! Join curatorial assistants Casey Monahan and Heather Linton to discover sirens and merpeople in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s painting A Sea-Spell and Edward Farrell’s Rutland Tazzas, a pair of elaborately decorated silver vessels.

We invite you to continue exploring merpeople at the museums using the online collection Merpeople! at the Harvard Art Museums.

Creature Feature, a new online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families to explore magical creatures across the collections through close-looking and curious exploration with museum staff. Creature Feature talks are free, open to curious explorers ages 6 and up, and offered once a month on Zoom.

Casey Kane Monahan, Cunningham Curatorial Assistant for the Collection, Division of European and American Art

Heather Linton, Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions and Publications, Division of European and American Art 

Works Explored:
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British, A Sea-Spell, 1875–77. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886, 1939.92.

Edward Farrell, British, Rutland Tazzas, 1826–28. Silver. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund, 2016.111.1–2.