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Masterworks by Renoir at the Barnes Foundation

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV023
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Women in the Fields (detail) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1919

Drawing on what is considered one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that examine in depth the paintings of three artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art.

Using high-definition Deep Zoom technology developed by the Barnes, she leads participants through the Philadelphia museum’s galleries and provides astonishingly close-up views of the canvases, revealing their paint surface, brushstrokes, and details in ways that bring the art and the artist vividly to life. All programs provide the chance to interact with Hansen in a Q&A session.

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Albert Barnes amassed 181 works by Pierre-August Renoir—the world’s largest collection. Renoir was a founding member of the impressionist movement in the early 1870s, and good friends with Monet, Manet, Cézanne, and Degas. In close-up views of his paintings on the walls of the Barnes Foundation, Hansen examines his stylistic changes over the years, as well as Barnes’ great affinity for Renoir, especially for his late works.

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.