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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Abstract Bodies, with Paul Tamburro

In this photomontage, Paul Tamburro is smiling as he stands in front of a wall of ivy. His arms are extended to the left, appearing to hold a brown marble figurine of a female. The figurine is missing its right foot. It has a long neck with a large head, and its arms are folded. There are no facial features other than a large nose.
One of the works Paul Tamburro will discuss is a Cycladic figurine from 2600–2500 BCE. Photomontage by Alexis Boo ’22.


Paul Tamburro ’22 will explore the tension between abstraction and figural representation in three works of art: a Cycladic figurine from the third millennium BCE; a pair of Chimú earplugs from pre-Columbian Peru; and Georg Baselitz’s 1964 painting Saxon Motif. Throughout the tour, Tamburro will discuss the relationship created between each work and our own bodies.

This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: (free admission; no pre-registration required).

Virtual Student Guide Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Each tour is unique, so drop in and join the conversation!

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

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each Student Guide and offer a unique, thematic view into the collections.

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