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Exhibition Class: Modigliani Up Close

Online / Art in Context

Thursdays, November 10 – December 8, 1 – 3pm


Amedeo Modigliani. The Pretty Housewife (detail), 1915. BF327. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class November 24)

About the Class

Join us for a very special course co-taught by the team of curators and conservators behind our fall exhibition Modigliani Up Close. This much-anticipated exhibition is the first to look closely at Modigliani’s materials and working methods and is a major step forward in our understanding of the artist. If you’ve ever been curious to learn more about Modigliani, this is a rare opportunity to interact directly with scholars who have spent years studying his works.

The four sessions focus on different themes—Early Paris Portraits, Sculptures, Nudes, and South of France—and in each class, you will hear about the fascinating discoveries made in conservation studios. You will also learn about Modigliani’s life and how his artistic innovations fit into the broader history of European art.

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

Amedeo Modigliani. The Pretty Housewife, 1915. BF327. Public Domain.

X-radiograph of Modigliani's The Pretty Housewife taken in the Conservation Lab at the Barnes


Nancy Ireson

Ireson serves as Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes and curated the Suzanne Valadon exhibition. An art historian by training, with a doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art, she is a specialist in late 19th- and early 20th-century European art.

Barbara Buckley

Senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings at the Barnes, Buckley enjoys the study of artist materials and techniques. She has published on the history of stretchers and the working methods of artists, including Joshua Reynolds, Horace Pippin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and Amedeo Modigliani.

Simonetta Fraquelli

Fraquelli is an independent art historian and a co-curator of Modigliani Up Close. She began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she worked for over 20 years on a range of exhibitions. Since 2006, she has collaborated with leading European and American museums on exhibitions including Picasso and the Great War (Barnes Foundation and Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, 2016) and Modigliani (Tate Modern, 2017).

Matthew Gale

A specialist in 20th-century art history, Gale led the curatorial team responsible for displaying the collection at Tate Modern from 2006 to 2021. His exhibitions and publications include Giorgio Morandi (with Donna De Salvo, 2001); Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things (with Carmen Giménez, 2004), Dalí & Film (2007), Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (with Marko Daniel, 2011), Paul Klee: Making Visible (2013), Natalia Goncharova (with Natalia Sidlina, 2019), and, with Stephanie D’Alessandro, Surrealism Beyond Borders (2021).

Annette King

King is a senior paintings conservator at Tate, London, specializing in the conservation and study of modern and contemporary paintings. She has been a conservator at Tate for 25 years, undertaking many technical studies of paintings and publishing and collaborating with international colleagues. She studied modern and medieval languages at Cambridge University and art history and paintings conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Margaret Little

Little is the senior conservator of objects at the Barnes Foundation, which she joined in 2009, to help prepare the collection for its relocation to Philadelphia. She has completed a variety of conservation projects, assisted in researching and choosing new digital x-radiography equipment, and organized the treatment of the metalwork collection. She is currently working on the technical examination of the antiquities collection. Previously, Little worked at Winterthur Museum and was an adjunct assistant professor for the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in art conservation.

Marie-Amélie Senot

Senot is associate curator for modern and contemporary art at the LaM (Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France). She curated the LaM exhibitions Annette Messager (2022), Laure Prouvost (2020), Jules Pascin ou le dessin incisif (2016), and Jules Flandrin (2008), and co-curated Amedeo Modigliani: The Inner Eye (2016) and The Magical City (2012). With Michel Menu, she co-directed the research project Secrets of Modigliani. Photo © Nicolas Dewitte/LaM

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?