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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Cat Tales, with Paul Tamburro

In this photomontage, Paul Tamburro stands on steps in front of a series of archways. He gestures toward a leaded bronze sculpture of a cat from ancient Egypt (mid-7th to late 1st century BCE), which is featured on his tour.
Paul Tamburro will talk about a bronze sculpture of a cat from ancient Egypt (mid-7th to late 1st century BCE) on his tour.



In this tour, Paul Tamburro ’22 will explore the roles that a few works of art have given to cats—from objects of devotion to personal companions and alter egos. Featured works will include a leaded bronze sculpture of a cat made in ancient Egypt (mid-7th to late 1st century BCE), the hanging scroll depicting a tiger that Katayama Yōkoku painted in Edo period Japan (c. 1780–1801), and Self-Portrait with Cat, which German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner painted in 1920.

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 take place every Thursday at 8pm (Eastern) on Zoom. Each tour is unique and offers a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. 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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