Shahzia Sikander’s The Perennial Gaze Takes Pride of Place in the Axinn Winter Garden

In 2019, the Committee on Art in Public Places, at the behest of Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor of History of Art, enthusiastically pursued the acquisition of The Perennial Gaze by renowned contemporary artist Shahzia Sikander. This stunning mosaic,

Label Talk: Calligraphic tile and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s sketch for The Whirling Dervish

There are many ways to interpret a work of art. The museum’s Label Talk series encourages visitors to reflect upon and voice their own interpretations of specific artworks, such as this pairing of a lustreware tile created by an Ilkhanid

Neo-Sumerian Record Keeping: A Cuneiform Tablet Fragment from a Mesopotamian Archive

By: Pieter Broucke, Associate Curator of Ancient Art and Professor of History of Art and Architecture In the fall of 1996, the Middlebury College Museum of Art received a gift from John Paul Wallach, Middlebury alumnus from the class of

Piecing Together Cultural Context: Ancient Greek Painted Pottery Sherds

By: Pieter Broucke, Associate Curator of Ancient Art and Professor of History of Art and Architecture The Middlebury College Museum holds a collection of some thirty Ancient Greek pottery sherds that as small primary sources greatly enhance the teaching and

Brilliance Full and Wide: Transcription and Translation of a 1960s Chinese Manual of Poetry and Painting

The following transcription and translation of a 1960s Chinese Manual of Poetry and Painting in the museum’s study collection was created by Rebecca Li ’21 in connection with Professor Cynthia Packert’s spring 2020 course HARC 0347: Aesthetics of Asian Art.

Vergennes to Boston to Rome: A Neoclassical Marble Portrait by Vermont-born Sculptor Margaret Foley

By: Richard Saunders, Museum Director and Professor of History of Art and Architecture In the past year the Museum was able to acquire a stunning neoclassical marble portrait tondo carved in 1862 in Rome. What is particularly notable about the