From Caravaggio to Bernini: Italian Baroque Art, 1600-1700

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 11 – July 30

2 – 4 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.
Led by Jeffrey Nigro

The very term used to describe seventeenth-century art—baroque—has acquired pejorative meanings, associated with excess, bombast, and theatricality. We will attempt to understand the essence of seventeenth-century Italian art by approaching it on its own terms, and by appreciating the goals and values of its artists, patrons, and original audiences. Sessions will include visual analysis, discussions of reproductions of the artwork, as well as discussions of readings from the work of seventeenth-century theorists and critics.

Jeffrey Nigro is an art historian and lecturer who was affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago for over 25 years.

Materials List

Required Matierals:

Course packet, to be purchased in class, which will include the following:

  • Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 1548
  • Giambattista Marino, Adonis, 1623 (excerpts)
  • Giulio Mancini, Considerations on Painting, c. 1617-30 (excerpts)
  • Pietro Bellori, The Idea of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, 1672 (excerpt)
  • Pietro Bellori, The Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects, 1672: “Life of Annibale Carracci” and “Life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio”
  • Francis Haskell, Patrons and Painters (excerpts)
  • Brief excerpts from recent biographies of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $220.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.