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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Painting’s Punchlines, with Sophia Clark

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Apr 07 2022
Virtual Student Guide Tour: Painting’s Punchlines, with Sophia Clark

In this photomontage, Sophia Clark directs your attention to Mervin Jules’s 1937 painting The Art Lover, featured on her tour

In this tour, Sophia Clark will explore the use of humor in three works of art.

In this tour, Sophia Clark ’23 explores the varied means and ends of humor in three works of art that, at first glance, may not seem funny. They are Mervin Jules’s 1937 painting The Art Lover; Charles Bird King’s 1830 painting The Vanity of the Artist’s Dream; and the Archaic Greek Eye cup: Athena (c. 530 BCE), which gives drinkers a different face when they tilt the cup toward them.


This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: (free admission; no pre-registration required).

Virtual Student Guide Tours take place every Thursday at 8pm (Eastern) on Zoom. Each tour is unique and offers a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Drop in and join the conversation!

Read these instructions on how to join a meeting on Zoom. For general questions about Student Guide Tours, email

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