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    Online Class: Light in the Dark Ages

    The Barnes Foundation

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
    • Friday May 8th 2020, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    • Friday May 15th 2020, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    • Friday May 22nd 2020, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    • Friday May 29th 2020, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    The centuries between classical antiquity and the High Middle Ages are often regarded as a low point in human creativity. A closer look at art from the so-called Dark Ages shows a visual culture bursting at the seams with complex ideas achieved through light and color. This four-session course will explore more than 600 years of this gold- and gem-encrusted world, with a focus on devotional objects and soaring, sacred architecture in Europe, the Mediterranean, and neighboring lands.

    Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

    We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session concludes. See our FAQ.

    Photo: The Avar Treasure, c. 600s–700s CE. Gold and silver. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public Domain

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    $198 - $220
    The Barnes Foundation

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