Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting
Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting examines a 16th-century Venetian Sacra Conversazione, recently donated to the Davis Museum. This Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Several important details in the Davis’s painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works. Restorations, like the head of St. Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries and now raises many questions: Who made it? How many artists or conservators worked on the painting? Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others? Hidden Histories explores this Sacra Conversazione painting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown.
Co-curated by Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, and Katherine Davies ’19, the summer 2019 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern.
Peter H. Kaskell and Joan Macy Kaskell ’53.
Sep 14–Dec 7, 2 PMDrop-in Public Tours
Designed by Wellesley students representing a range of academic majors, these thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a student guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.Event Date:Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Oct 8, 2–3 PM
Oct 26, 11 AM–3 PMFamily Day: Dream Home
During this free, family-friendly event, explore technology through hands-on activities, including a hunt in the galleries, photomontage and mini dyeing projects, and an interactive family tour of the current special exhibition.Event Date:Saturday, October 26, 2019 -11:00am to 3:00pm
Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11Stroller Tours
Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour. Designed for art lovers and their little ones. Join us for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:15-11 a.m.Event Date:Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (All day)
Sep 27, 11 AM, Oct 25, 11 AM, Nov 22, 11 AMMaking Memories
This accessible arts program for adults living with early Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners is a guided exploration of our permanent collections with specially trained museum staff and student guides.Event Date:Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:00amEvent Date:Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:00amEvent Date:Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Sep 23, 6 PM