The Pre-Raphaelite Muses | Newberry

The Pre-Raphaelite Muses

Led by Debra N. Mancoff. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesdays, September 24 - October 15

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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

Seminar Description

The face of Pre-Raphaelite art was extraordinary: soulful eyes, pouting lips, and a magnificent crown of hair. Through paintings, primary documents, archival photographs, historic dress, and contemporary poetry and prose, this seminar explores the ideas and ideals of this image, as well as the fascinating women who helped create it by posing for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Morris and engaging in artistic relationships that were as reciprocal as they were romantic.

Four sessions. E - $195, L - $214.5

A Newberry Scholar-in-Residence, Debra N. Mancoff is author of The Face: Our Human Experience; Jane Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty; and Flora Symbolica: The Pre-Raphaelite Language of Flowers. She writes on art, fashion, and culture.

Materials List


  • Various, and Dinah Roe (Editor), The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin. Penguin Classics, 2010. ISBN: 978-0141192406
  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the file that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

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