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A look inside the Spencer's "Empire of Things"

The Spencer Museum of Art's new permanent exhibit, “Empire of Things,” explores the concept of collecting through an opulent gathering of art objects ranging from 2,000 B.C. to the modern era, some of which the museum has never before displayed. The exhibit is the latest step of Project Redefine, the Spencer's ongoing effort to reinstall its permanent galleries in new, more theme-inspired ways.

This painting by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, "A Chat by the Fireside," is featured in the Spencer Museum of Art's newest permanent exhibit, "Empire of Things."


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