Virtually flip through Leonardo’s Codex on the Flight of Birds on your personal mobile device or tablet and decode his mirrored Italian script into English translations with the tap of your finger.

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The College of William & Mary will close at 4PM on Thursday March 5th.

Because of this closure the Muscarelle will postpone Dr. John T. Spike’s encore lecture, the lecture has been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 6 in the Sheridan Gallery at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

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Purchase your tickets and learn more about the Fifth Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction here!

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For one fantástico weekend, March 20–22, 2015, you’re invited to an esclusivo da Vinci experience from Colonial Williamsburg and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
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    The Muscarelle Museum of Art The College of William & Mary 603 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Current Admission: $15.00* FREE to Members, College Students, Faculty & Staff, & Children under 12 * Varies based on exhibition
  • Current Exhibitions @ The Muscarelle

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    Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

    October 28, 2014

    Purchase advanced tickets for the exhibition here!  Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, this unprecedented selection of more than twenty-five masterpiece drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo from Italian museums is the first exhibition to explore Leonardo’s philosophy of beauty as contrasted with his rival Michelangelo.  


    Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance

    October 15, 2014

    The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in its first collaboration with the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary is pleased to present Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance.

  • Upcoming Events @ The Muscarelle


    Selected Topics in Architecture: Reading Rooms and Libraries in Colonial America

    Jill Lord, Ph.D. In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “[L]ibraries have improv’d the general Conversation of the Americas.”  Colonial Americans used a variety of library types, which included: private libraries, religious libraries, university libraries, and society, or subscription, libraries.  After introducing each of these in this session, we will explore the history and architecture of three important society libraries: The Library Company of Philadelphia (founded in 1731); Redwood Library (1747) located in Newport, Rhode Island; and the Charles Town Library Society (1761) in Charleston, South Carolina. March 3, 2015 at 6:00PM Sheridan Gallery

    Dr. John T. Spike Encore Lecture – March 5 at 6PM

    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:00PM John T. Spike, Ph.D. Assistant Director & Chief Curator, Muscarelle Museum of Art Andrews Hall Room 101 Because of popular demand, Dr. John T. Spike will deliver an encore to his lecture Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty which inaugurated the acclaimed exhibition of the same name on view at the Muscarelle Museum of Art until April 5, 2015. The drawings and manuscripts in this exhibition introduce us to the hand and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, with particular emphasis on his view of Nature as the fountain of all that is beautiful or ugly in the art of painting. At the same age and in the same time as Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci turned the Renaissance obsession with exploration towards the visible world, inside and out. The lecture will highlight Leonardo's fascination with natural beauty which inspired him to rise to its level and variety, and contrast Leonardo's style with that of his young rival, Michelangelo, who looked heavenward in pursuit of Divine Beauty, or at least a glimpse.  


    Third Thursday Lecture | The Fountain and the Water Jar: Leonardo and Drawing | March 19, 2016

    David Alan Brown , Ph.D., Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings, National Gallery of Art Join David Allen Brown, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery of Art while he explores the mind of Leonardo da Vinci through his drawings. More than Raphael, Titian, or Michelangelo, Leonardo steps out of the period in which he lived and speaks across the centuries to our time. His drawings are of special interest because of the role they played in his innovations at the end of the fifteenth century. Since these graphic experiments eventually would become paintings or other works of art, they allow us to examine the evolution of his thoughts and ideas. Visitors will guided through Leonardo drawings and through this exploration will come to understand the evolution and development of the thoughts of the great master. Third Thursday lectures are at 6 PM and followed by a reception sponsored by EVB.

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    Selected Topics in Architecture: Modern Design and Its Debt to the Bauhaus

    Isabelle Hyman, Ph.D., Professor Emertus, New York University Begun in Weimar, Germany after the end of World War I as a new school for the teaching of crafts, the Bauhaus played a critical role in replacing traditional design and decoration with a new language of form and materials.  In this session, we will investigate the early Bauhaus and its workshops, and the dramatic impact it had on the appearance of 20th century art, interior decoration, and architecture. April 7, 2015 at 6:00PM Sheridan Gallery

    Third Thursday Lecture | Friends, Romans, and George Wythe | April 16, 2015

    Linda Tesar, Head of Technical Services, William & Mary School of Law Wolf Law Library George Wythe was not only America’s first law professor, but also one of the most revered founding fathers in the American revolution. An esteemed teacher and mentor of Thomas Jefferson, and delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Wythe’s teachings and intellect played a pivotal role in shaping a young United States.   Matilda of Canossa & The Origins of the Renaissance highlights the importance of Matilda’s revival of the study of Roman Law in the founding of the United States. Through careful examination of Wythe’s library and published case reports, Linda Tesar will explore the link between Wythe’s twin devotions to the law and Roman classics to see if he was indeed the first lecturer on Roman Law in America. Third Thursday lectures are at 6 PM and followed by a reception sponsored by EVB.

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    Wine & Run for the Roses

    The Muscarelle Museum of Art Presents the 5th Annual Wine & Run for the Roses Auction on Derby Day Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 2 PM Laugh! Libate! Lift your paddle for a great cause! Proceeds benefit the Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. For more information visit :



    Selected Topics in Architecture: Time Out of Line: the Artist and the Architectural Model

    Carolyn Yerkes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University In this session, we will explore the historical episodes when architectural models were the subject of art works. What role did models play in Renaissance architecture, and what can these models tell us about the process of design? Prints, paintings, and drawings of models invite us to tackle these issues, by bringing to the fore a new corpus of images. Drawings of models also present problems of representation: when and how did artists begin to survey architectural models, and why did they consider them a suitable subject for portraiture? Answers to these questions help us to drill deeper into problems of artistic process during the Renaissance. May 5, 2015 at 6:00PM Sheridan Gallery
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    October 24, 2014
    As announced  in the New York Times |  Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty  |  February 21 – April 5, 2015   |   Purchase advanced tickets for the exhibition here!

    New Website Launched!

    October 17, 2014

    We’ve built a new site over the past few months and are excited to share it! Visitors can now access and search selected works from our online Collections database and we’ve reorganized and redesigned our site for ease of use and efficiency.

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