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.
Curator Tour: The Secrets of Archimedes
April 17, 2014
Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library, leads a private tour of the exhibition "Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes," tracing a rare manuscript's fascinating history and the state-of-the-art conservation and imaging techniques that revealed its secrets. $15. Register online or call 800-838-3006.
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