Art Talks

These side by side photographs show a pair of delicately sculpted unpainted terracotta busts. On the left is a bust of the head and upper torso of a man wearing a large, brimmed hat and tunic/jerkin. On the right is a bust of the head and upper torso of a woman wearing a head covering/veil and a simple kirtle.

Authorship Rediscovered: New Evidence about Harvard’s Pair of Renaissance Terracotta Busts

Art historian Felipe Pereda and conservator Tony Sigel propose new evidence to identify the sitters and the sculptor for a pair of unusual Renaissance terracotta busts.

Seen from above, a blue wall in a gallery shows an arrangement of several framed painted fans and mock-ups in an irregular layout. The gallery is filled with installation materials and equipment. A person measures a cardboard mock-up.

Art Talk: Setting the Fans Afloat

Learn about the creative process behind the unique display of Japanese fans in the special exhibition Painting Edo.

This watercolor depicts a large gray boulder with rich orange and yellow segments, centered in an outcrop of other rocks. Behind the boulder is a stand of trees, beyond which can be seen a craggy mountain peak beneath a cloudy blue sky.

The Fogg at 125: An American Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Explore the long-lasting legacy of the 19th-century American Pre-Raphaelite painters at the Fogg Museum, as we celebrate its 125th anniversary.

This drawing depicts a woman, seen in profile, facing left. She wears a hooded cape and kneels beside a small child. The woman places her proper right hand on the child’s back and in her other hand holds the child’s proper left hand.

Art Talk: Love at the Margins—De Gheyn’s Roma Woman with a Child

Through an exceptional drawing, learn how the Roma people were depicted in the 17th-century Netherlands and about the realities of their lives.

This photograph shows three groups of stainless-steel chairs, crumpled, ripped, and/or merged together. These sculptures are installed in a gallery with white walls and a wood floor.

Art Talk: Doris Salcedo—Sculpture as Witness

Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez discusses Doris Salcedo’s Untitled, a work that gives voice to silent victims of violence.

A paper fan is held upright by thin wooden supports on a display in a gallery. The fan features a geometric depiction of a blue mountain with a white-topped peak. The space above the peak is gold. A black and red inscription is on the right side of the fan. A floral folding screen can be seen in the background.

The Armchair Traveler’s Guide to Mt. Fuji

Take a journey through three stunning paintings that depict Japan’s highest peak, Mt. Fuji, and learn about its significance during the Edo period (1615–1868).

A woman wearing a white shirt and gray pants stands over a large-scale abstract painting in a lab. She applies a white material to the painting using a long slender tool.

Surface Tension: A Modern Japanese Painting Finds New Life

Pioneering conservation of the 1960 painting Fuyu, by abstract Japanese painter Kumi Sugaï, opens up new avenues for research and display.

This watercolor drawing shows a man and a woman using a wooden plank on an upside-down architectural capital as a seesaw. They are surrounded by ancient ruins. St. Peter’s Basilica and modern Rome appear in the background.

Art Talk: Power Play—Gender Dynamics in Hubert Robert’s The See-Saw

What does Hubert Robert’s 1786 drawing of a young couple using ancient ruins as a playground suggest about relations between men and women?

There are two images, side by side. The left image shows a bronze sculpture in the shape of a bird. It has a tall Egyptian crown on its head and a gold ring around its eye. The right image is a black and white drawing of the sculpture, in fine detail.

Creature Feature: Animals from Ancient Egypt

Join Egyptologist Jen Thum for a family-friendly, interactive look at animals from ancient Egypt, including a bronze bird and sunbathing snakes.

A white marble sculpture depicts the head of a bearded man whose eyes, nose, mouth, and chin are partially destroyed or missing. The man’s beard and hair are ornately carved and textured, while his cheeks and forehead are smooth marble.

Art Talk: Erased!

Throughout history, images of disgraced rulers were destroyed and their legacies erased from memory—or were they? Join curator Amy Brauer to learn more.