Museum of Art Presents ‘The Ivory Mirror’ with Opening Lecture and Reception June 24

“Office of the Dead, Book of Hours,” beginning of the 16th century, parchment by an unknown artist, France. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History and guest curator, delivers the  keynote address, “Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art” to open the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe

Perkinson’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, and will be followed by a reception on the Museum steps at 5 p.m.

This major exhibition explores the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. Exquisite artworks — from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry — evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now. Refreshments will be served and family activities will be led by Bowdoin College students.

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