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Gallery Talk: Lost in a Good Book

August 24, 2018
12:00PM1:00PM
Meet in Gallery 100
Free with museum admission

Before there were fears that we’d get lost in our devices, there were moral panics about reading books: would it make women lose themselves in fantasy? Would it distract them from everyday life? Join Woman’s Board Fellow Alice Boone in exploring how artists have depicted the pleasures and dangers of reading.


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Auguste Bernard d’Agesci. Lady Reading the Letters of Heloise and Abelard, 1780. Mrs. Harold T. Martin Fund; Lacy Armour Endowment; Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester Collection.