Wellesley College Friends of Art Athaenaum Event

Docent tour of Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed

athenWellesley's Friends of Art plan to stave off winter's chill by connecting later this month at the Boston Athenaeum. Many of you attended last winter's excellent Athenaeum event, and this one promises to be equally interesting.
Join us!

When Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 1:30-3:30
Location: Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston
Cost:  $10 at the door
Limited spaces; RSVP required
RSVP:  Molly Quinby Eberle ’73 (978-369- 6999) or sailor@tiac.net

Optional: Stay afterward for refreshments at Parker House

Many of Daniel Chester French’s public works depict historical figures, such as his heroic allegory The Minute Man or the statue of Abraham Lincoln executed in 1922 for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

An American classicist who trained in Europe, French was proficient at modeling the female figure, especially in its classicizing, idealized form. Looking first to the visible world for inspiration, he then improved on what nature provides in order to achieve an ideal beauty in three-dimensional form. This exhibition focuses on a selection of evocative preliminary models and studies that French made in preparation for some of his great public commissions and some of his more intimate and personal works. 

Boston Athenæum

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. The Athenæum was one of the founders of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts.

Our Group Tours

We are scheduled for 3 tour times, in small groups of 8 each. Registration is limited.

Wellesley Bonus  -- Athenæum member Judith Ceremsak King ’73 will lead a Visual Teaching Strategies discussion and gallery activities for those not in a tour. There is much to learn about the art and architecture of this extraordinary building.