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Thursdays, September 10–October 1, 4 – 5:30pm*


Henri Matisse. The Dance (detail), 1932-33. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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About the Class

Exploring the Barnes Collection is our new team-taught course that focuses on a specific theme in the collection. This fall, our instructors address representations of the human body across the history of art, from antiquity to the 20th century. Learn how the depiction of this universal subject changes over time and across cultures, reflecting different religious, scientific, and philosophical ideals.


Henri Matisse. The Dance, 1932-33. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York


Amy Gillette

Gillette is a research associate at the Barnes. She earned her PhD in art history from Temple University, specializing in late medieval art and architecture. Her publications address the music of angels in Gothic and Byzantine art and the formation of medieval collections in Philadelphia during the Gothic Revival movement.

Kaelin Jewell

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. Jewell is also the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.

Kedra Kearis

Kearis is a member of the Barnes Art Team and a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She has taught French language and literature for more than a decade and recently completed a fellowship at the New-York Historical Society for her dissertation research on the portrait in the late 19th century.

Carl Walsh

Walsh is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Barnes, where he is conducting an in-depth study of the collection’s Egyptian antiquities. Walsh earned a PhD from University College London and has taught at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. His research focuses on reconstructing the sensorial experiences of ancient Egyptian and Nubian peoples.