Renaissance Art in Florence, 1400-1500 | Newberry

Renaissance Art in Florence, 1400-1500

Led by Jeff Nigro.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Five sessions, September 5-October 30. Class will not meet on October 16.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Why do we believe that the Renaissance both began and reached its supreme artistic achievements in the city of Florence? Through slide lectures by the instructor and group discussions of imagery and readings, we will explore the political, social, economic, and cultural factors as well as the extraordinary individuals that combined to make Florentine Renaissance art the glorious phenomenon that continues to inspire us to this day.

Five sessions. Registration – $220

Jeffrey Nigro is a research associate and an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • Please read Giorgio Vasari, Lives of the Artists. Vol. I. Trans. by George Bull. London: Penguin Books, 1965: “Preface to the Lives”, pp. 25-47, “Preface to Part Two”, pp. 83-93.
Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.