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Tuesdays, November 8 – November 29, 2 – 4pm


Jean Bourdichon. The Pentecost or Descent of the Holy Spirit, from a Book of Hours (detail), 1470–1480. BF795. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Learn about the shrines, temples, churches, and other sacred settings where communities of faith engaged with holy objects that are now on display in the Barnes Foundation galleries. In this four-session class, we will explore artworks created in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, dating from antiquity to modernity. What roles did they play in shaping the beliefs and actions of their original users? Does this historical context inform how we interpret the objects’ display at the Barnes?

Capacity: 18

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check Safety Guidelines for current masking information.


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.

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?