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Learn to connect works of art to history. What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
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Picasso in the Making

Tuesdays, October 2 – October 23, 6 – 8pm
Contextualize the iconic artist’s early works and consider the role his canvases play in the Barnes collection.
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Albert C. Barnes: A Philadelphia Story

Wednesdays, October 3 – October 24, 6 – 8pm
The life of Albert Barnes is a remarkable success story. Follow his journey from research chemist to art collector and educator.
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The Contemporary Art Market

Thursdays, October 11 – November 1, 1 – 3pm
Have you ever wondered how collectors of contemporary art choose their pieces? How gallerists decide which artists to represent?
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Charles Demuth and American Modernism

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Charles Demuth worked to cultivate a distinctively American mode of modern art by applying avant-garde principles to the early-20th-century United States.
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African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
This class will discuss the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Albert Barnes.
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Berthe Morisot: A Personal Reflection

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Painter and scholar Bill Scott examines the life, artwork, friendships, and career of impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.
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The Body in Contemporary Art

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
For many contemporary artists, the human body is a subject of endless fascination. This course offers an introduction to key examples of the use and representation of the body in different media, including performance art.
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Fashion and Impressionism

Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13, 2 – 4pm
Study the theoretical, literary, and art historical aspects of Parisian fashion and its impact on the arts.
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Picasso and His Contemporaries

Saturday, November 3, 10am – 4pm
Trace key moments in Picasso's oeuvre while highlighting his impact on his contemporaries through a daylong immersion in his work.
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African-American Culture and Music

Wednesdays, November 14 – December 5, 6 – 8pm
Explore Albert Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community, with particular focus on Dr. Barnes’s love of spirituals and his involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.
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Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
Explore Morisot's critical reception, her modern subject matter, and her pioneering place within the Parisian avant-garde.
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Manet and Modern Paris

Mondays, November 26 – December 17, 6 – 8pm
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.