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Wednesdays, April 7–28, 3 – 4:30pm


Giorgio de Chirico. The Mysterious Swan (detail), 1934. BF410. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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About the Class

Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978) grappled with the connections between art and philosophy throughout his long career. In this collection-intensive class, we’ll consider the ways in which his paintings engaged with major questions of human existence, revealing the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche, among other writers. We’ll also discuss how the display of de Chirico’s paintings has advanced Dr. Barnes’s mission of progressive education, in both his time and ours.


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.