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IN-PERSON TOUR: Up Close: Carvings and Quandaries

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Registration is requested

Painting of Horatio Greenough side-by-side with an engraving of Thomas Crawford.In-Person Tour: Carvings and Quandaries

with Carolyn Hilles-Pilant

Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission

Join Boston Athenæum Docent Carolyn Hilles-Pilant for a discussion of and close look at works of nineteenth-century American sculptors Thomas Crawford, Horatio Greenough, and William Wetmore Story. Discover the Athenæum's role in creating an audience for some of the United States' first sculptors, who learned anatomy not just from classical statuary, but also from dissection and from live nude models when they trained in Italy.
Headshot of white woman with white, shoulder length hair smiling directly into the camera.Carolyn Hilles-Pilant is a longtime BA member who became a docent after retiring from an academic career that included teaching, college counseling, and being a library director. Researching the works in the BA's collections pulls together her background in history and her experience of the art and culture she enjoyed while living and working in six countries. In her tours, she aims to entertain and engage with others as well as inform—a combination she learned to value in her decades of teaching.
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