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Mondays, April 15 – May 6, 6 – 8pm


Pablo Picasso. Three Figures (detail), c. 1921. BF251. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Modern art is often seen as a rejection of classical traditions, overturning the idealization of the human body, the use of images to narrate stories, and the core philosophical principles that privileged the eternal over the transient. But to what extent is this view of modernism true? This class examines how and why a broad range of 20th-century artists, including Aristide Maillol and Giorgio de Chirico, were influenced by the allure of the classical world—its myths, artifacts, and ideas. Join us as we consider the importance of antique sculpture on modern figuration, ancient Greek and Latin literature on works by Braque and Picasso, and classicism as a paradigm that simultaneously foiled and fueled leaders of the European avant-garde.

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

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Pablo Picasso. Three Figures, c. 1921. BF251. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Naina Saligram

Saligram is a fellow researching the 46 works by Picasso in the Barnes. She has held curatorial, research, and teaching positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Art Gallery and has previously taught Barnes classes on subjects including primitivism and surrealism.

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