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Poems and Paintings

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21, 1 – 3pm


Giorgio de Chirico. The Rose Tower (detail), 1913. BF597. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

$220; members $198;
(4 classes)

About the Class

Many well-known poems were inspired by paintings and objects seen during museum visits—John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is one famous example. Using the Barnes method of analyzing works of art, we will compare our visual observations with the imagery and literary devices of various writers. This course is designed to encourage students’ questions and opinions. Works guiding our dialogue will include paintings by Picasso, O’Keeffe, and Hopper and poetry by Sontag, Updike, and Sandburg.

Capacity: 20


Linda Robinson

Robinson studied at the Barnes Foundation under Violette de Mazia. Before joining the Barnes teaching staff, she taught adult art history classes at local colleges.