About the Class
From the spectacles held in the Colosseum to the lavishly decorated villas of Pompeii, the ancient Roman world has been inspiring art for centuries.
Using Dr. Albert Barnes’s fascinating and often-overlooked collection of antiquities as a starting point, this course will explore the major artistic and architectural moments of the Roman Empire. We'll focus on the social function of buildings and objects in both the capital city of Rome and the empire’s outlying provinces, ranging from Hadrian’s Wall in the north to art and architecture of the merchant cities of Palmyra and Petra in the south.
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. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.