Art Study Center Seminar: Versos and Marks—Exploring the Past of Paintings

By Harvard Art Museums

What might be learned about a painting by looking at its verso, or reverse side?

Various labels, stickers, and a tag are attached to a wooden surface.

.: Fri, December 8 2023 11am – 12pm.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk (Level 4), and be prepared to present a photo ID. All coats and bags must be placed in a locker prior to entering the study room.

Ages: Adults.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

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Free admission, but registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.



  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Neighborhood 9

Wheelchair accessible.

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Additional information

Join curatorial assistant Casey Monahan to explore how investigating the verso (reverse side) of a painting can sometimes help construct the history and provenance of a work. Monahan will share how details such as labels, numbers, and other elements that are normally “unseen” are essential for curators as they research and catalogue works in the collections.

Led by:
Casey Monahan, Cunningham Senior Curatorial Assistant for the Collection, Division of European and American Art