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Wednesdays, October 7–28, 1 – 2:30pm*


Amedeo Modigliani. Beatrice (detail), 1916. BF361. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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About the Class

Portraits do more than memorialize a person’s likeness. In the history of art, they’ve also played an important role in propaganda and courtship and in establishing a family’s legacy. Moving from Renaissance masters like Clouet and Veronese to modern progressives like Modigliani, this course traces just how drastically a tightly defined category of painting can change across time. We’ll focus on works in the Barnes collection and from museums around the world.

Each week, the main lecture will be followed by an optional small-group discussion session that allows students to ask questions and exchange ideas. These 40-minute sessions, moderated by the instructor or a teaching assistant, take place Thursdays, October 8–29, between 1 and 3:30 pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


Kedra Kearis

Kearis is a member of the Barnes Art Team and a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She has taught French language and literature for more than a decade and recently completed a fellowship at the New-York Historical Society for her dissertation research on the portrait in the late 19th century.