Courtly Display: Art and Fashion in the Middle Ages | Newberry

Courtly Display: Art and Fashion in the Middle Ages

Led by Melanie Sympson. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210
Regular Price (after September 1): $231

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Seminar Description

In this seminar, we will explore how the elite of the Middle Ages exhibited their high standing and good taste by commissioning works of art and luxury goods. At the end of the Middle Ages, styles of clothing were changing rapidly and artists were expected to represent the latest trends and to use the newest artistic techniques. We will discuss elaborate gifting rituals, shopping practices, and vast collections the elite amassed, which would become the foundations of national libraries. Six sessions.

Melanie Garcia Sympson has a PhD in art history and has worked at the University of Michigan, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Kalamazoo College.

Materials List


  • A course pack of materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee.

First Reading:

  • Readings for the first class will be distributed digitally upon registration.

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