adam--blue-The Blue Tour, with Adam Sella '22

Student Guide tour of the Harvard Art Museum
View the recording HERE

Adam Sella ’22 explores the color blue through three works of art: a 19th-century Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (Yamato Province: Yoshino, a Thousand Cherry Trees at One Glance), an early 20th-century painting from Pablo Picasso's blue period (Mother and Child), and an abstract painting from Josef Albers's Homage to the Square series (Against Deep Blue)Taking our Forbes Pigment Collection as a springboard, the tour considers blue’s basis in materials, its history, and its power to stir up emotions.

Adam is a junior in Pforzheimer House pursuing a joint concentration in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. He is interested in studying the way art, ideas, and culture travel along the geographic region known as the Silk Road. He is specifically interested in the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia, and Germany. On campus Adam is involved in WHRB, the Harvard radio station, and he is one of the talented pfoho pfairies.


The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including art history, philosophy, the sciences, and literature. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership. This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund. Follow us on Instagram @HarvardArtHappens and Facebook @HoStudentGuides. 

Attached Image: A photoshopped portrait of Adam working remotely during the pandemic with the Fogg Art Museum's Mother and Child, by Picasso, featured on his tour. Image by Alexis Boo '22. 


Thank you to John Sheeran, a colleague in the Museums' Visitor Services Department.