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Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Tuesday, August 2, 10am – 4pm


An Egyptian relief is examined under UV light in the Conservation Lab.

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

Even the best collectors get duped from time to time. Scholars working in our Research department have recently discovered that a few of Albert Barnes’s antiquities might actually be modern productions. In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore the world of fakes and forgeries, including ways to determine an object’s authenticity, to better understand this fascinating art of deception.

This course takes place at the Barnes, in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium, but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.

On-site capacity: 80
Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; face masks are welcome but not required.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is 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.

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.

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?