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Spotlight Tour: Selective Memories, with Aidan Scully ’25

A smiling A smiling young man stands by a building, gesturing toward a marble head that appears to float.
One of the works Aidan Scully will spotlight is Bearded Man, Possibly Emperor Macrinus, a Roman sculpture from the early to mid-third century.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

On this tour, Aidan Scully ’25 will explore how people have been (mis)remembered through art and what stories developed around those memories over time. The stops on the tour are Bearded Man, Possibly Emperor Macrinus, a battered Roman sculpture from the early to mid-third century; a Persian tombstone from the Seljuk-Atabeg period (1117); and Henry Inman’s 1832–34 painting [Tah-Col-o-Quoit (Rising Cloud)], a copy after Charles Bird King’s now-destroyed original.

Spotlight Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Free and open to the public, these tours start outside the museum shop on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. Drop in and join the conversation! And find out what the Student Guides are up to anytime on Instagram @harvardarthappens.

Please check in with museum staff at the Admissions desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the tour. Tours are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums prepares students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.