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Virtual Student Guide Tour: The Blue Tour, with Adam Sella

In this photomontage, a young man stands on a windswept beach, looking out at us with a smile. He gestures toward a floating modern painting. Mostly blue, it shows a long-limbed woman cradling a baby as she rests on the floor in a corner.
Adam Sella will talk about Picasso’s painting Mother and Child (c. 1901) on his tour.



In this virtual tour, Adam Sella ’22 explores the color blue in three works of art: Utagawa Hiroshige’s print Yamato Province: Yoshino, a Thousand Cherry Trees at One Glance, Pablo Picasso’s Mother and Child from the artist’s Blue Period, and Josef Albers’s painting Homage to the Square: Against Deep Blue. Taking our Forbes Pigment Collection as a springboard, the tour considers blue’s foundation in pigments and optics as well as its power to stir up associations and emotions.

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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