Unknown (Persian, Safavid, Shiraz), Majnun in the wilderness, surrounded by animals (from a Khamsa of Nizami manuscript), ca. 1560, opaque watercolor on paper, heightened with gold, Bequest of Mrs. Horace W. Frost. (91.15.58)._x1200
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Drawing Out Your Curiosity

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How can drawing be used to express and explore? For the drawing activity in Kidspace at WCMA: Artistic Curiosity, we encouraged visitors to draw in sketchbooks provided to literally draw out their curiosity.

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The Mystery of the Mummified Hand Part 1

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Elizabeth Hart ‘14 has been studying Egyptian objects at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) since the fall of 2012, working on an independent study with Antonia Foias, Professor of Anthropology. A particularly curious object in our collection is a mummified hand for which we had no date or background.

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Can photography capture your inner emotions?

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If you are curious come to WCMA and find out. Hands-on activities play an important role in the Kidspace at WCMA: Artistic Curiosity exhibition. One section of the exhibition investigates the representation of inner lives.

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A Week in the Rose Study Gallery

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What happens behind the locked door off the WCMA atrium? This room is the Rose Study Gallery, our object-study classroom. Professors teach with works of art from storage that are arranged in a mini-exhibition just for their class. The Rose Study Gallery hosts a variety of courses and artworks throughout the year. Here is a sample week from November 2012 to give a sense of this variety.

Tuesday, November 27
Maria Elena Cepeda and Latina/o Studies 313
Race, Beauty, and Power in the…

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New Web Module on Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art

I’d like to introduce our newest web module: Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art. The module features 27 modern and contemporary Chinese artworks, displayed in the 2009 exhibition I curated, Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection. I had two stellar interns for the exhibition: Rong Zhao, Graduate Student in the History of Art, Class of 2010, and Patrick Rhine, Class of 2010. Rong and Pat researched the artists, translated inscriptions, and even wrote some of the wall labels…

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