Roman Rivalries: The Artists who Shaped Renaissance and Baroque Rome | Newberry

Roman Rivalries: The Artists who Shaped Renaissance and Baroque Rome

Led by Rosie May.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Three sessions, Saturdays, October 16-October 30.



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

Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries was a hub of artistic experimentation. Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini were transforming the city from a crumbling medieval backwater into a religious and political capital. Even while these artists were reshaping painting, sculpture, and architecture, they were working behind the scenes to outmaneuver their artistic rivals, leading to soap opera-worthy drama. Patrons often encouraged these rivalries, setting artists against each other in both formal and informal competitions. Over the course of three weeks, this seminar will explore some of the major rivalries that transformed Rome. It will follow the stories of Michelangelo and Raphael, Caravaggio and Carracci, and Bernini and Borromini. We will also take a closer look at the patrons who fanned the fire of the competition to serve their own personal vendettas.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Rosie May is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Audience Engagement at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. She holds a PhD in art history with a specialization in the Italian Renaissance. She has lived in Rome and led tours of the museums, churches, and sites around the city.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials.

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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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.