Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Clark Art Institute
Open to the public throughout the year, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was chartered in 1950 by Robert Sterling Clark to make accessible the collection of art and books he and his wife collected over five decades. Among the highlights are Italian and Flemish Renaissance paintings, including works by Ugolino da Siena and Piero della Francesca; French and English paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, including works by Fragonard, Corot, Bouguereau, and Turner; French Impressionist paintings, including works by Renoir, Monet, Degas, and Pissarro; and American holdings including paintings by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent.
More than a museum, the Clark Art Institute focuses equally on research and scholarship as well as public programs. A visiting scholars program hosts museum and university professionals from around the world, and the Clark's conference and symposia program addresses vital and current topics in the visual arts. The library is considered one of the nation's premier art reference libraries for the study of European and American art from the Renaissance to the present. It contains over 200,000 printed books, bound periodicals, and auction sales catalogues. With nearby Williams College, the Clark administers the Graduate Program in the History of Art, the country's foremost program leading to a masters degree in art history.
Call the Museum or see the Museum's website for hours as they vary throughout the year. The Museum is located at 225 South Street and is 1/2 mile south of the intersection of routes 2 and 7 in the middle of Williamstown.
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