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A man's hand holds a mobile phone that displays a Harvard Art Museums magazine article.

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.

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.

Graphic of a color gradient showing, from left to right, blue to green to yellow. Text in the upper left corner reads “Director’s Message” and “Spring 2021” at the bottom.

Director’s Message: Spring 2021

Martha Tedeschi talks about our expanding range of virtual programs and digital content for audiences around the corner and across the globe.

Several white porcelain objects are scattered on a wood floor. Some of the objects are recognizable, such as a toilet paper roll and crumpled and folded pieces of paper.

Art Talk: The Arts of the Everyday—Found Materials in Brazilian Art & Printmaking at Home

Explore the tradition of socially engaged art making in Brazil and learn how to make a collagraph print at home using everyday materials.

This drawing shows five sketches of figures and faces and two finished studies of grotesque figures.

Creature Feature: Fantastic Beings by Michelangelo

Famous for his powerful sculptures and paintings of human figures, Renaissance artist Michelangelo also had fun designing imaginary creatures.

This photograph shows on a gray gallery wall a black-framed collage in the right half of the image. The collage depicts several orange and red biomorphic shapes, some of which are filled in and some outlined, against a blue background. The collage is bordered by red paper, and the mat is white. The remainder of gallery at left appears out of focus.

Art Talk: Ruth Asawa’s Student Exercises from Black Mountain College

Learn more about Ruth Asawa’s exercises from her years as a student at Black Mountain College, where she studied with former Bauhaus master Josef Albers.

A fresco painting with multiple scenes, some of which show people protesting, two men on the ground, and a horse.

Art Talk: On to Washington! Lewis Rubenstein and Rico Lebrun’s Hunger March Mural

Join Sarah Kianovsky to look at Hunger March, which memorializes a protest that changed the nation almost 90 years ago.

Within the oval opening of a rectangular gold frame, a woman seen in half-length pours steaming liquid from a cup into a saucer held in her left hand. She is looking down and is turned slightly to the left. Her face is pale except for her cheeks and lips, which are pink. She wears her curly blond hair up in a bun, and a striped scarf is draped over her shoulders.

Art Talk: Precious Deception—The Illegal Use of Gold Leaf in an 18th-Century Print

Meg Grasselli discusses an unusual print with gold leaf—and why artist Louis-Marin Bonnet had to hide the fact that he’d created it.

Rituals and Routines

Our perception of time, sense of order and stability, and feelings of belonging depend on repetitive actions. Art supports, reflects, and reinforces these rituals and routines.