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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Painting’s Punchlines, with Sophia Clark

In this photomontage, a young woman standing on a bridge holds her hands up as if to spotlight the painting floating above her. In it, a bald man holding spectacles peers into an industrial landscape with a gathering of workers.
In this photomontage, Sophia Clark directs your attention to Mervin Jules’s 1937 painting The Art Lover, featured on her tour.



In this tour, Sophia Clark ’23 explores the varied means and ends of humor in three works of art that, at first glance, may not seem funny. They are Mervin Jules’s 1937 painting The Art Lover; Charles Bird King’s 1830 painting The Vanity of the Artist’s Dream; and the Archaic Greek Eye cup: Athena (c. 530 BCE), which gives drinkers a different face when they tilt the cup toward them.

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!

Read these instructions on how to join a meeting on Zoom. For general questions about Student Guide Tours, email

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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The Harvard Art Museums are open to the public. Currently, reservations are required for all visitors and can be made up to three weeks in advance. Please see the museum visit page for more information.