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Wednesday, September 11, 12 – 1:30pm


El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth (detail), c. 1605–10. The Barnes Foundation, BF876. Public Domain.

About the Class

Have you ever spent 90 minutes looking at a single work of art? It is remarkable what things you start to notice—little details, individual brushstrokes, overall harmonies—when you give yourself the time and space to look carefully. In this new series, we use the Barnes Method (an object-focused approach to art appreciation) to help you gain a deeper visual understanding of one iconic work in our collection. This month, we’ll unpack El Greco’s (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) masterful Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth. These immersions are a great choice for both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers wanting to slow down and spend time looking, thinking, and discussing.

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

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Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes and has been teaching art history for nearly 15 years. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in photography and art history from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute and earned her PhD in ancient and medieval art history from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is trained as an archaeologist and has worked on archaeological projects in the American Midwest and on the island of Sicily.

Barnes Method

Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.