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Art Talk Live: A Study of a Study

An oil-painted study of several partial figures with studies of hands and legs.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French, Studies for the “Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien” (Saint, Mother, and Proconsul), 1833. Oil over graphite and red chalk (stylus transfer), squared in graphite, on canvas, backed by a wood panel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.245.

Gallery Talk


Join curatorial assistant Sam Nehila to pick apart the typical ways viewers think about studies displayed in art museums. We will closely examine a study by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Rather than focusing on the artist’s technique or process, or comparing the study directly to the finished piece, we’ll view this study as an individual work of art and discover a new way of looking.

Led by:
Sam Nehila, Curatorial Assistant, Division of European and American Art

This talk is part of the series Fresh Perspectives, an initiative that centers the role of the museumgoer. Like talks in the ReFrame series, these programs highlight diverse voices and broad interpretations of difficult histories and untold narratives. This approach encourages visitors to consider alternative ways of understanding an object, culture, or theme.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom and offer an up-close look at works from our collections with our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students.

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