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Gallery Talk: "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment"

On Saturday, Nov. 5 join Ben Sibson, head teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, for an in-depth discussion about the depiction of the human body in selected works on view in the exhibition "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment." He will share insights about artists’ representations of the human form, focusing on Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty’s mezzotint "Muscles of the Back."

Featuring approximately 150 works on paper and other related objects, "Dare to Know" explores how the graphic arts inspired, shaped and gave immediacy to new ideas in the Enlightenment era by encouraging individuals to follow their own reason when seeking to know more. An illustrated catalogue with 26 thematic essays—an A to Z exploration of the Enlightenment quest for understanding and change—accompanies the exhibition.

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and reservations are required. At 10 a.m. the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as a general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival. Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Please see the museum visit page to learn about their general policies for visiting the museum.


32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA, 02138

Harvard Square

Date & Time

  • Sat Nov 5, 2022

    • 4:30pm - 5:00pm


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  • Visual Art
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  • Lectures / Talks