Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Italian, 1691–1765), Composition of Roman Ruins, 1734, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, Mather Bequest Fund. (54.20)_x1200
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Art of the Month Club: Thayer Tolles

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American; 1858-1924), Summer Day, Salem, ca. 1915-18, oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast._x400

It was the best work-study job ever. After a year of washing dishes in Baxter (who could forget the flume?) and another cataloguing books in the math library, I spent junior and senior years working on the so-called Prendergast project, an ambitious effort…

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