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Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500-1650
Artists working in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries experienced a fascinating and rich period of artistic exchange. While Northern artists traveled increasingly to Italy in this period, offering a profound response to Italian and antique art, exchange was not one-sided. The circulation of artistic ideas, practices, and traditions resulted in a mutual dialogue of inspiration and innovation across Europe. This exhibition explores the character of artistic exchange between the North and South through the production of prints, drawings, and rare books from c. 1500-1650. It considers how artists responded to the work of their contemporaries in different regions of early modern Europe, revealing intersections and divergences in artistic production, thought, and tradition.

When: Mar 5, 2017 12am to May 29, 2017 12am in Williamstown, MA

An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting

An Inner World features seven exceptional genre paintings by Dutch artists working in or near the city of Leiden in the seventeenth century. Genre paintings, or scenes that take everyday life as their subject matter, flourished in the Dutch Republic in this period. Explored through the theme of an inner world, the works in this focused exhibition represent figures in interior spaces and individuals in moments of study, contemplation, and quiet exchange. Paintings by Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), Domenicus van Tol (c. 1635-1676), Willem van Mieris (1662-1747), and Jacob van Toorenvliet (1640-1719) demonstrate the artists' sustained interest in the illusionism of space, candlelight, and painted surfaces. By encouraging a focused--and intimate--experience, this exhibition presents new ways of looking at tradition and innovation in genre painting in Leiden. In the seventeenth century, the city of Leiden became known as a center of fijnschilders, or fine painters, as a result of the innovations in subject matter and technique developed by Gerrit Dou. One of the most admired and successful artists in Holland, Dou established a manner of "fine" painting in small-scale, meticulously rendered works, often depicting figures set in an illusionistic stone niche. Included in this exhibition is the Clark's newly restored Woman at a Window (c. 1655), which displays Dou's precise brushwork, evocative use of light and shadow, and brilliant handling of different surface textures. An Inner World is the first exhibition to display the Clark's painting with genre scenes by Dou's contemporaries, presenting the opportunity to consider how artists responded to and modified Dou's themes and painting style. An Inner World brings together paintings from the Clark's collection and The Leiden Collection, a private collection in New York. Installed in an intimate gallery within the Clark's permanent collection galleries, it complements and enhances the Clark's sixteenth- and seventeenth-century cabinet paintings by Dutch, Flemish, and Italian artists.

When: Mar 5, 2017 12am to Sep 17, 2017 12am in Williamstown, MA

Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography

When: Mar 17, 2017 12am to Aug 20, 2017 12am in Williamstown, MA

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About Williamstown, MA
The Town of Williamstown Massachusetts was founded in 1765 and is located in Berkshire County in the northwestern corner of the state.

Williamstown is home of the Sterling and Clark Art Institute which houses one of the worlds largest collections of Renoir as well as other impressionists. The Williams College Museum of Art has fine collections as well. Williamstown Theatre Festival which operates during the summer months brings marvelous Broadway and Hollywood performers to the town.

The town is acknowledged by Norman Crampton in his book The 100 Best Small Town in America which ranked Williamstown as the 18th best American Small Town, the only community in Massachusetts included in the top 100!!