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The Barnes Collection: Another Closer Look

Virtual Daytime Tour

Morning Tour

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
Code: 1NV017
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The Barnes Foundation (Photo: Tom Crane)


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

The Barnes Foundation is often considered to hold the greatest post-impressionist and early-modern art collection in the world, with more than 3,000 masterpieces filling its downtown Philadelphia galleries.

Join Barnes educator Penny Hansen on a live virtual tour that examines works including paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Modigliani in a way that you—and even visitors to the museum—have never experienced.

Using high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Hansen offers closeup looks at the canvases that reveal their surfaces and details in ways that bring the art and the artists to vivid life. The tour also focuses on the history of the collection, including the unique approach to displaying artworks and objects in groupings created by founder Albert Barnes.

The tour provides an ideal foundation for an upcoming series of programs by Hansen in which she explores individual artists represented in the Barnes collection in depth. They include Matisse (Oct. 29), Cezanne (Nov. 19), Renoir (Dec. 17), and Modigliani and Soutine (Jan. 21).

Note: Participants in the recent Closeup on the Barnes Collection program on August 20 will find expanded content in this virtual tour, which also offers a full experience for first-time registrants.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.