Art History Classes

Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions

adult art history classes_658x292Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions through the museum's art history classes. Programmed by the museum's education department, these classes offer terrific opportunities to investigate individual works or periods in greater depth, and allow visitors to connect with the art currently on view in our galleries.

Upcoming Classes

Art History Class: Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Dutch Golden Age
Saturdays, June 4-25 (4 sessions)
Wednesdays, June 8-29 (4 sessions)

This class has two tracks. Sign-up for four Saturdays, June 4-25, or four Wednesdays, June 8-29. Both sessions meet in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

You may be familiar with the lively portrait of Pieter Cornelis van der Morsch by Frans Hals, the domestic interiors of Jacob Ochtervelt, or the refined ladies painted by Nicolaes Maes. But do you know the artists? What do they share with their famous counterparts like Vermeer and Rembrandt?

This four week course introduces participants to the broad range of artists working in the Netherlands during the Dutch Golden Age. Themes include wealth in the middle class, politics and religion in artistic production, a changed audience for art, and new ways of interpreting the natural world.

About the Instructor
Dr. Saskia Beranek is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, having previously also taught at Duquesne, St. Vincent’s, and Carlow. She is a specialist in seventeenth century Dutch art, architecture, and garden design and has spent most of the last decade researching Amalia van Solms, Princess of Orange – one of the most significant Dutch female patrons of the day. Her interests lie in portraits and where and when they were displayed. Dr. Beranek has presented this research at a range of conferences in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK, and is the author of an article coming out next year examining the portrait gallery as a site of display in Dutch seventeenth century elite residences.


Art History Class: Contemporary Chinese Art
Wednesdays, July 13 & 20; Saturdays, July 16 & 23 (2 sessions)

This two week class explores the major trends, artists, and movements that together form the history of contemporary Chinese art since the late 1970s. In response to Carnegie Museum of Art's exhibition of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads on view in the Hall of Architecture this summer, the class is organized around a major moment in the life of the artist: his return to Beijing after living in New York City for twelve years. The biography and work of Ai Weiwei are used not as the sole representative of contemporary Chinese art as a whole, but as a catalyst to explore the complex institutional, political, creative, and economic networks that have sustained its development over the last 35 years.

About the Instructor
Madeline Eschenburg is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She recently returned from Beijing, China where she lived and conducted primary research for her dissertation with the support of a Fulbright Fellowship for 14 months. Her research focuses on Chinese performance art in the late 1990s and early 21st century in which artists invited migrant workers, the subaltern subject of Chinese modernity, to pose, perform, or create as part of their multi-media artworks.

Registration Information

Register online using the links above. Call 412.622.3288 to register by phone. Scholarships for art history classes are available. To apply for a scholarship please contact us at