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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.

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 detail of a black-and-white print, a young man wearing a large, hooded cloak holds a nude woman in his arms. The woman’s eyes are closed. He bends his head down to kiss her lower neck. He has short, dark-colored hair, and she has long, blond hair. A moon hangs low in the sky beyond the horizon line on the right, and it is partially covered with clouds. To the left of the couple, there is billowing smoke.

Art Talk: One Print—Five Stories

Elizabeth Rudy shares five stories about a late 18th-century book illustration by French artists Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and Barthélemy Roger.

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.

This framed painting shows an older white man in a tuxedo holding a cigarette. At rgiht, the image is reflected in the glass of a gallery.

Art Talk: Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo

Curator Lynette Roth examines Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo (1927) and the ongoing fascination with this enigmatic painting.

A split-screen image shows on the left six prints in a grid-like pattern: three rows include two colored circular prints each on a square gray background. On the right, a young woman wearing a navy sweatshirt and black apron sits at a table with her hands folded, a bulletin board of artist tools behind her.

Art Talk: Dan Flavin’s Relief Aquatint Technique

Join Christina Taylor to discover the relief aquatint printing technique that artist Dan Flavin used to create Untitled (Paper Disc).