About the Tour
Each month, our Spotlight Tours focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.
Though celebrated for its modernist paintings, the Barnes collection also houses sacred objects—sculptures, carvings, altarpieces, and more—dated from antiquity through the early 20th century. Based on new research, this tour sheds light on works from around the world created for meditation on spiritual themes. Discover how artists like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Horace Pippin, and Giorgio de Chirico referenced such objects for their own religious, social, and expressive purposes.
Before and after the tour, you’re invited to explore the collection.
Antiquity to Modernity
See how spiritual themes have been addressed in art throughout history.
Unidentified artist, Northern European. Three Apostles, Center One with Sword, c. 15th century. BF846. Public Domain.
Paul Klee. Village Among Rocks, 1932. BF2520. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Hugh Mesibov. Byzantine Figure, 1945–1946. BF2073. In Copyright
Charles Prendergast. The Offering, c. 1915–1917. BF467. Public Domain.