Ensemble view, Room 18, east wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 1:30pm

Reading: Dario Gamboni on "Learning to See"

The Barnes Foundation

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Art historian Dario Gamboni’s 2019 book, The Museum as Experience, is a study of museums created by artists or collectors. Today, Gamboni and art historian David Young Kim will read from the chapter “Learning to See,” which focuses on the Barnes Foundation. The illustrated dialogue will be followed by a discussion.


Gamboni is professor emeritus of the history of art at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has published extensively about iconoclasm, symbolist art and literature, visual ambiguity, and the history of display. His current research deals with aniconism, modernism, and religion.


Kim is associate professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Southern Renaissance art, focusing on art literature, transcultural exchange, and material culture. His book The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance was published in 2014, and his current research focuses on groundwork in Renaissance painting as well as 20th-century translations of Vasari’s Lives.