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Ancient Greek Art in Context

Online / Art in Context

Wednesdays, August 3 – August 24, 1 – 3pm


Unidentified artist, Greek. Apulian Red-Figure Panathenaic Type Amphora (detail), second half of 4th century BCE. A119. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Today, we appreciate ancient art in museums and archaeological sites, with a sense of distance from the people who created it. The ancient Greeks, however, were directly engaged with art and images in their daily lives.

In this class, we will explore how art enriched and informed almost every aspect of ancient life, from the public spheres of religion and politics to the private rituals of dining and mourning. Using examples that range from the masterpieces of the Parthenon frieze and the Victory of Samothrace to humbler vases and figurines in the Barnes collection, we will discuss how art was made, used, and received in ancient Greek life.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.


Unidentified artist, Greek. Apulian Red-Figure Panathenaic Type Amphora, second half of 4th century BCE. A119. Public Domain.


Madeleine Glennon

Glennon is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Barnes Foundation studying the Greek and Roman antiquities collection. She received her MA and PhD in art history and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; she has taught at NYU and Virginia Wesleyan University and was a curatorial fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research interests include depictions of myth in ancient art and the phenomenological relationship between image and viewer in antiquity.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?