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Fridays, September 11–October 2, 2 – 3:30pm*


Unidentified artist, Greek. St. Nicholas (detail), 17th century. BF2055. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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About the Class

Nestled into the ensemble on Room 4’s west wall is a 17th-century Greek icon depicting Saint Nicholas. For Dr. Barnes, artworks like this tiny painting served as important examples of what he referred to in his writing as “the Byzantine Tradition.”

Lasting from 330 to 1453 CE, the Byzantine Empire experienced nearly a millennium of religious, social, and political upheaval, all of which influenced its visual culture. In this class, we will dive into the gold-saturated world of Byzantium, its capital city of Constantinople, and its provinces that stretched across the Mediterranean.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. Jewell is also the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.