Collections & Critiques

Eighteen Radcliffe and Harvard students in Professor Sachs seminar course on "Museum Work and Museum Problems" have arranged their annual exhibition which is now on view in the Fogg Museum. Starting from a central point, the significance of the horse in art, they have assembled a wide variety of works which covers almost the whole history of art.

The aim of the display is to show how the horse as an art form was treated in widely varying ways in the East from the Han period and in the West from early classical days down to the present day. In the Eastern group the works are predominantly statues, although there are also numerous tapestries, parchment drawings, and minute carvings on ivory. The objects are for the most part unnaturalistic and in all sorts of grotesque forms, reflecting the ideas of primitive art.

The Western section is made up principally of paintings, examples of sculpture being confined to very small pieces. The most colorful pictures seem to be those done in the 19th century by such artists as David, Delacroix, and Manet. Only one contemporary work is shown, a picture of two horses by Chirico which almost seems to be a reversion to the primitive style of the East. Represented also are paintings and drawings by Albrecht Durer, Sassetta, Leonardi da Vinci, Rubens, and Goya. From the 19th and 20th centuries come Daumer, Stubbs, and Degas.