Programs

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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.

There are two images side by side. The image on the right is a painted fan. It features two white magnolia flowers, one facing downward and one facing more upward, and several large green leaves set against a smoky gray background. The image on the right is a composite image of three photographs of a living magnolia plant, which has white petals, bright green leaves, and a magenta pink center.

Painting Edo and the Arnold Arboretum

Painted plants come to life through an ongoing collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University inspired by the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection.

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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.

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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.

Three images show Persian calligraphy. On the left is calligraphy on paper, framed in light blue, red, and gold. On the right is calligraphy on paper, framed in red, orange, and green. The center image, overlapping slightly with the other two, shows a detail of calligraphy.

Art Talk: A Persian Calligraphic Album

Join curatorial fellow Shiva Mihan as she delves into the artistry and aesthetics of a Persian album of calligraphy.

This image shows two side-by-side photographs: the smaller one on the left shows a mottled clay doll figurine in profile, with the head facing left, in the hand of someone wearing a rubber glove. The image on the right is a close-up of a marble sculpture of a little girl’s face and shoulder. She is smiling and looking at the head of a tiny doll figurine just to the right of her. The figures both emerge from a marble surface.

Art Talk: Girls Will Be Girls

Join curatorial fellow Frances Gallart Marqués as she explores two of her favorite objects in the museums.

In this painting, a fierce lion is shown wrestling an equal-sized, equally muscular man in a waistcloth. Their eyes are directed at the viewer and the man has his arms around the lion’s neck. The scene has a tawny-yellowish tone with indistinct foliage, and another lion is in the background.

Art Talk: Rubens—Brush and Movement

Join Cristina Morilla to discover how technical analysis of Hercules Strangling the Nemean Lion reveals the secrets of Rubens’s artistic technique.

On the left, a blue photographic image shows a raised subway platform under construction. On the right, an image shows a woman holding a blue square cyanotype print featuring a collage of photographic negatives of people.

Art Talk: Cyanotypes—Art and Science at Home

Conservation scientist Julie Wertz talks about the science and process of cyanotypes, also demonstrating how to make one at home.

This unpainted caramel-colored wooden sculpture depicts a slender man with a long curly beard, dressed in robes, a cape, and a hat. Both hands have broken off at the wrist.

Art Talk: The Wood and the Worms

Curatorial fellow Gabriella Szalay explores the intricacies of 15th- and 16th-century carved wooden altarpieces and their vulnerability to time.

This image shows the reverse of a bronze handheld mirror with a lightly incised decoration. The main body is round with a raised edge, and there is a long, diagonal tear on the lower section. A tang extends from the body but there is no handle.

Art Talk: Mirror, Mirror—Reflections on the Etruscans and Their Afterlife

Curatorial fellow Frances Gallart Marqués explores a group of ancient bronze mirrors and the enduring legacy of the people who made them.