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Harvard Art Museums from Home

Experience the Harvard Art Museums from home as we spotlight new stories about our collections and revisit some old favorites.

A wooden sculpture of a small child lies carefully on an examination table in a laboratory. A dark-haired woman leans over the sculpture, holding a flashlight to cast light onto the object.

The Botany of a Buddhist Sculpture: Hinoki Cypress and Prince Shōtoku at Age Two

Get up close with the extraordinary sculpture Prince Shōtoku at Age Two and discover new insights gained from collaborative research with the Arnold Arboretum.

A slender young trans woman with long dark brown curly hair and bright red fingernails appears frontally in three-quarter length. She is outside, leaning against a partially painted brick wall, her head turned to the right. She is wearing a thin fur jacket with a wide collar, a low-cut black top, and tight black pants.

Voices from the Collections: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen in Conversation with Curator Makeda Best

Curator Makeda Best speaks with photographer Mariette Pathy Allen about her artistic process and her groundbreaking portfolio on crossdressers.

This black and white photograph shows a living room filled with sleek, modernist furniture.

Art Talk: Picturing the Modern Home—Lucia Moholy’s Bauhaus Living Room

Learn about the historically overlooked role Lucia Moholy played in promoting a Bauhaus vision of modern living.

There are two images side by side of a dark brown vessel with two curved handles. In the image on the left, the vessel has light surface crusts, dark patches, and no base. In the image on the right, the vessel’s surface is shiny and dark brown and black, with a base of the same color.

Finding Its Footing: The Puzzles of an Ancient Amphora

In their collaborative effort to reconstruct the base of an ancient vessel, a conservator and a curator make unexpected discoveries.

By Haddon Dine, Susanne Ebbinghaus

This drawing depicts a male figure with a pointed hat and an oversized suit with a large circular collar. His hands are folded, and he is leaning backward.  calmly folding his hands and leaning backward. He looks toward the left of the picture.

Art Talk: Feeling Funny—Picasso in 1918

With supreme economy and enviable elegance, Pablo Picasso’s Pierrot speaks about the purpose of art in a time of crisis.

A person with glasses and short hair stands in front of and gestures toward a folded screen. The screen painting shows two warriors on horseback with swords drawn, charging forward.

Designing Painting Edo

Go behind the scenes with lead designer Elie Glyn as he reveals how traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics inspired the unique built environment of the Painting Edo exhibition.

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Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs

Curators discuss how to approach photography collections that depict colonial violence, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery.

This black and white photograph shows the ceiling and upper wall of a room. The corner at left is in a darker shade and there seems to be an open door. On the right is the top half of a glass vase with three long stems. The title “Object Lessons” is printed in white.

Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Hear from The Bauhaus and Harvard curator Laura Muir with a special preview of our new publication Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard.

Two side-by-side photographs show different sides of an ancient Greek terracotta flask on a gray stand. The left shows a painted scene of a woman dancer, flanked on each side by bearded sirens. The right image shows one of the bearded sirens centered on the terracotta pot.

Art Talk: The Scary Truth about Ancient Sirens

What makes sirens so scary? Join archaeologist Frances Gallart Marqués as she explores the hybridity and fluidity of these ancient creatures through their depictions in Greco-Roman objects.