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Vincent van Gogh. The Brothel (detail), 1888. BF104. Public Domain.

Weekdays: $39; Weekends: $49; members free

About the Tour

Each month, Spotlight Tours focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.

Storytelling has always been a central function of art. Before there was the written word, people used artwork to teach lessons and convey stories. In a painting, these narratives may be apparent in the arrangement of figures or the representation of actions. Stories can also be suggested through mood, atmosphere, or the use of formal art elements.

This tour looks at works by El Greco, Van Gogh, Pippin, and others that use a variety of techniques to create meaningful narratives.

Includes access to the collection before and after the tour.
Please note: The second-floor galleries are closed through Sept. 13 for a floor refinishing project; however, some major works will be on view in Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes, June 23–Sept. 8, in our Roberts Gallery.