About the Class
Dr. Albert Barnes celebrated the paintings of Florentine artist Giotto di Bondone as masterworks of color and design that shaped the dominant course of the Western tradition. In the early 14th century, Giotto united the existing Byzantine and Gothic traditions with a nascent humanism, expressed by reference to the visual culture of ancient Rome.
In this four-session course, we will study his most famous paintings, sculptures, and buildings, considering how people interacted with them for devotional practice and civic identity. Then, we will highlight Giotto’s presence in the Barnes collection by exploring how his innovations inspired modern artists such as Renoir and de Chirico.
All you need is internet access. Students will receive details about how to watch online, with related links, before classes begin. For more information, email us.
Giotto di Bondone. Baroncelli Polyptych (detail), c. 1334. Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence
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.