Seduction in Stone: Jean-Antoine Houdon's Bust of Madame de Vermenoux
Dec. 21 - July 14, 2014
Carved by the most famous French portrait sculptor of his day, this magnificent bust celebrates the ravishing beauty of Anne-Germaine Larrivée. Houdon depicts her in an unguarded moment, turning to her right, as if toward someone approaching, an affectionate smile on her lips.
Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes
March 15 - June 22, 2014
Archimedes lived in Syracuse, Sicily in the third century B.C. He was a brilliant mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer, and astronomer. In 10th-century Constantinople (present day Istanbul), an anonymous scribe copied Archimedes' treatises in the original Greek onto parchment. In the 13th century, a monk erased the Archimedes text, cut the pages along the center fold, rotated the leaves 90 degrees and folded them in half.