Skype-a-Docent: Mattatuck Museum

Visit the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut from a seat in the Library’s Rotary Room. A docent will take us on a private tour of the museum’s exhibit Albrecht Dürer & Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Veneration of the Christ via Skype. Skype is a video phone call, but when projected onto the large screen in the Library’s Rotary Room, it allows us to view exhibits up close and converse with the docent as we tour. Join us on Wednesday, October 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested.

The Veneration of the Christ exhibit features 50 etchings of splendid engravings and woodcuts by the peerless German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, and creative and experimental etchings by Dutch master, Rembrandt van Rijn, drawn from the private collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly. This presentation provides an opportunity to view religious works of these masters side by side while considering the historical contexts, religious backgrounds, and aesthetic approaches of each.

There will be a Skype-a-Docent visit at the Library on the second Wednesday of each month through June. Upcoming tours will take us to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT on November 18 and The Hill-Stead Museum (we will visit the second floor) in Farmington, CT on December 9.

Skype-a-Docent is an extension of the Library’s Homebound Service that has been delivering Library books and other materials to residents for over 20 years. Last year over 1,200 items were delivered by volunteers to five senior living facilities and to individuals living in their own homes. Now we are able to “deliver” tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel out of town. In addition to the monthly presentation at the Main Library, Skype-a-Docent tours are brought to two senior living facilities in town. Tours aren’t just for seniors, they are open to all. So take an early lunch or join us while the children are in school.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit our website at: www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.

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