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 Matisse’s masterful Red Madras Headdress. These immersions are a great choice for both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers wanting to slow down and spend time looking, thinking, and discussing.
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Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress, 1907. BF448. © 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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.
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.