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All Harvard Art Museums events are currently virtual and open to everyone. We look forward to seeing you often at our free online events!

Fragment of a stone carving depicting a bearded man raising his right hand and emerging from a winged disk.
Ahuramazda in the winged disk, from Persepolis (Iran), Achaemenid Persian, 486–460 BCE. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1062.

Art Talk Live: Persepolis in Color

Gallery Talk

Scientific analysis helps reconstruct the original colors on a relief fragment from Persepolis.

A panoramic view of green fields, trees and houses, and large stone cliffs with mountains beyond.
View of the sandstone cliffs on the north side of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, containing the niches with the Buddha images. © D. E. Klimburg-Salter, 1971.

Entangled Histories: The Bamiyan Buddhas—Past, Present, and Future


Entangled histories challenged the memorialization of the destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas. What is Bamiyan’s future with the Taliban back in power?

A chalk drawing depicts a figure study of six women’s heads in a mostly light red palette, with some black and white.
Jean-Antoine Watteau, French, Six Head Studies, c. 1715. Red, white, and black chalk on light tan antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1965.336.

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Adventures in Teaching “Drawing Lessons”


Meg Grasselli will discuss favorite drawings in the collections and the challenges of teaching an online seminar with original works of art.

A brown ink drawing of a feathered cone shell.
Balthasar van der Ast, Dutch, Feathered Cone Shell, 1620–40. Brown ink, transparent and opaque watercolor, and white opaque watercolor on off-white antique laid paper. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised gift, 1.2018.2.

Art Talk Live: A Sea Shell off the Sea Shore: Van der Ast’s Feathered Cone Shell

Gallery Talk

Trace the journey of a feathered cone shell from the waters of the Indo-Pacific to the art of the 17th-century Netherlands.