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Online Class: The Ancient World

Art in Context / Online

Thursdays, February 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm


Unidentified artist, Egyptian. Reclining Nereid, 4th–5th century CE. A98d. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

From the pyramids of Egypt to the wall paintings of Pompeii, the ancient world has inspired generations of artists and architects. Using the Barnes Foundation’s fascinating and often-overlooked collection of antiquities as a starting point, this class explores the major artistic and architectural monuments of these distant civilizations, with a focus on the Mediterranean cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.


Kaelin Jewell

Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.