Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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Two new installations provide even more reasons to visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Now on view:

To the Divine Shades:
Inscribed Epitaphs from Ancient Rome from the Permanent Collection

January 17–March 8, 2015

Tombstones and other funerary monuments are the most common kind of inscribed object to survive from Roman antiquity. The stones in this exhibition all come from the Art Center's collection, and the inscriptions reveal how the stones were used not only to commemorate the dead but also as a means of marking out the social standing of the deceased. The inscriptions were first studied in Spring 2014 as part of a Greek and Roman Studies seminar on Latin epigraphy taught by Professor Bert Lott. The seminar students prepared the first editions of texts, most of which were previously unpublished. Exhibited alongside the stones are several British and European paintings, prints, and drawings of the 18th and 19th centuries that depict classical architecture and antiquities. In the Focus Gallery.

Botany
January 20-March 8, 2015
To anticipate the opening of Vassar’s new Science Center in Spring 2016, the Art Center is presenting a series of installations that celebrate the rich and complex relationship of art, science, and technology. Each segment of the series, comprised of approximately a dozen works from the permanent collection, focuses on a related theme. The current installation, on view through February 28, concerns botany. The paintings, prints, and photographs displayed range from engravings of tulips by seventeeth-century Dutch artist Crispijn de Passe II, to the watercolor Silver Maple Leaf and Pansy by the nineteenth-century amateur artist "Mrs. Clay of Philadelphia," to Weed Against Sky by the twentieth-century photographer Harry Callahan. In the Landing Gallery.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 23, 2015

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