Harvard Art Museums

We spent the afternoon at the Harvard Art Museums.   I hadn’t seen them since the Fogg was closed, gutted and radically reinvented by Renzo Piano, who has transformed it from a traditional Italian palazzo into a high-tech laboratory of Italian, German, French and contemporary art, beautifully and intelligently displayed in relatively small-scale galleries.

This is the old 1920s neoclassical entrance on Quincy Street where one enters from Harvard Yard:-

Piano has decapitated the original building and put two floors of art laboratories on top:-

The collection is, as ever, wonderful, with great French paintings and pre-Raphaelites from Winthrop and a surprisingly fine collection of art from the 1950s and 1960s, when the approach to art history was very conservative.

A Roman hero from a villa at Santa Marinella:-

A romanesque capital  from Moutiers-Saint-Jean:-

A capital from the abbey of Sta. Maria de Labanza in Palencia:-

Details of The Lamentation over the Dead Christ by the Master of the Fogg Pietà:-

And an early seventeenth-century ivory crucifixion:-


One thought on “Harvard Art Museums

  1. Joan says:

    The only thing I knew about the Harvard Art Museums was that they had a large Corita Kent exhibition at the end of last year – no chance of my getting to see it, but I was able to get hold of the very impressive exhibition catalogue. Seeing the capitals you photographed prompted me to head over to the Museums’ website. What an amazing resource with over 225,000 works online. It would be very easy to lose a few hours looking at it.

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