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Wednesday, April 10, 12 – 1:30pm


Pablo Picasso. Acrobat and Young Harlequin (detail), 1905. BF382. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

About the Class

Have you ever spent 90 minutes looking at a single work of art? It is remarkable what kinds of 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 Picasso’s masterful Acrobat and Young Harlequin. 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.


Pablo Picasso. Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905. BF382. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Michael Williamson

A member of the Barnes faculty, Williamson studied at Yale University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College. He taught art history and studio art for nearly 30 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Williamson has an active art practice and has shown his paintings locally.

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.