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Creature Feature: Merpeople!

This painting shows a pale woman with auburn hair wearing a crown of pink flowers. She bends toward the string instrument she is playing with a vacant look in her eyes. Her flowing, soft yellow dress exposes her shoulders as her bare arm reaches across the center of the painting. She is surrounded by fruits and flowers in the background, and a large dove sits just above her head with wings bent as if about to take flight.
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.

Gallery Talk

Creature Feature, a new online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families with children ages 6 and up to explore magical creatures across the collections through close-looking and curious exploration with museum staff.

In this talk, take a (virtual) trip to the sea! Join curatorial assistants Casey Monahan and Heather Linton on Zoom to discover sirens and merpeople in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s A Sea-Spell and Edward Farrell’s Pair of Rutland Tazzas.

This online talk is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

You will receive an email confirming your registration along with a Zoom link and password for the program. For instructions on how to join a meeting in Zoom, please click here.

Creature Feature talks are free, open to curious explorers of all ages, and offered on the first Saturday of each month at 10am on Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact