Katherine Neville

ARCADIA: The Clyde’s Murals by William Woodward

Thru December 15
Presented by: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
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William Woodward’s vibrant, 72-foot mural, Arcadia (1980), evokes a landscape of pure painterly invention, a lost world that has inspired poets, artists, and musicians since antiquity.

These 11 impressive panels—with scenes influenced by artists from Poussin to N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle—these magical forests, naked nymphs and frolicking fauns, satyrs, centaurs, and mystical seashores with mermaids, pirates, and treasure ships—became a success de scandale when they were first unveiled at the now legendary Clyde’s Restaurant of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

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