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Friday, December 15, 12 – 1pm


Ensemble view, Room 11, east wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

Free; registration required.

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About the Talk

William Perthes on “Art and Medicine at the Barnes”
On-Site & Online Talk | Member Appreciation Days

Before amassing one of the world’s greatest collections of post-impressionist and modern art, Albert C. Barnes was educated as a physician at the University of Pennsylvania. Although Dr. Barnes ultimately traded the examination room for the art gallery, he never completely left his medical training behind. The intersection of medicine and art remains a legacy of the Barnes Foundation. Members are invited to join Bill Perthes, Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education, to learn more about this fascinating history and how art and medicine still intersect at the Barnes today.

Members are invited to join us in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium or online via livestream. Online registrants will be emailed a link to access the talk on Thursday, December 13.

William Perthes

Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.