Curator‘s Comments

The furniture of Mark Del Guidice functions on many levels, some physical and utilitarian, some intellectual and full of personal meaning. In this case, Virtue is Bold has specific references to the Smith College Museum of Art. The seating area rests on laminated, stacked legs of mahogany, meant to resemble the brickwork on the exterior of the Museum.  Along the long sides of the bench, in Morse code, Del Guidice thanks the donor who made the commission possible and offers in inscription a Shakespearian quotation: “Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”

Mark Del Guidice. American, Born 1954

Virtue is Bold, 2003

Figured pear wood slab, mahogany, milk paint, and varnish

18½ x 17 x 62 inches

Gift of Bonnie Johnson Sacerdote, class of 1954