Elizabeth I: Woman, Ruler, and Myth | Newberry

Elizabeth I: Woman, Ruler, and Myth

Led by Jeff Nigro & John Nygro. One session, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $70
Regular Price (after September 1): $77

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

As a woman ruler in a man’s world, Queen Elizabeth I turned perceived disadvantages into strengths by inspiring the greatest creative talents of the English Renaissance. Poetry, music, portraiture, even fashion and cosmetics were employed to portray her as an exceptional personality. This program will examine Elizabeth’s transformation from human ruler to myth through the writing of Shakespeare and Spenser, the music of Dowland and Morley, and the paintings of Hilliard and Gheeraerts. One session.

Jeffrey Nigro is an art historian, adjunct lecturer, and Research Associate in the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also serves as President of the Classical Art Society.

John Nygro is a lecturer, actor, and musician in the Chicago area with a thirty-year career in the arts whose talks have been heard at universities, libraries, and on radio.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.