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Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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Collection
Category : Art, Archaeology
Civilizations : Egypt, Pre Asia, Greece, Roman time
Description : A few casts were acquired as early as 1882, but the big push toward buying casts came beginning in 1900, in preparation for the opening of Dwight Hall, then called the Dwight Art Memorial. That building opened in 1902 and included extensive gallery space for plaster casts. Professor Louise Fitz-Randolph supervised the purchase of the casts and placed many of the orders, from Caproni and Co. in Boston as well as suppliers in London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome. A fund-raising effort was organized to encourage alumnae to donate money for buying casts, and great care went into the purchases?just as they did when acquiring original works of art [...] Today, the casts are again attracting attention. Mount Holyoke is one of a number of institutions that are realizing the continuing value of plaster replicas produced for an earlier generation. Although most teaching of art history is done with color slides today, slides don?t always give an adequate sense of scale. All of Mount Holyoke?s casts are the same size as the original. And, in some instances, casts reflect an original that is now missing or badly damaged. ... see Interview of Diana Wolfe Larkin on the website page.
Creating year : 1882
Restoration year : 1900
Modification year : 1970
Cast Number : ca 125
Institution
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Lower Lake Road, South Hadley
MA 01075 SOUTH HADLEY (Mass)
United State of America - North america
Status : University collection

Phone : +1/413-538-2245
Mail : artmuseum@mtholyoke.edu
Website : www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/artmuseum/news/s02/interview.html

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, foundet in 1876, is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country.
Contact
Diana Wolfe Larkin