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:-