Artistic Masterpieces of Classical Antiquity | Newberry

Artistic Masterpieces of Classical Antiquity

Led by Jeffrey Nigro. 6 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesdays, May 22 - June 26

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

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

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

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Explore ancient Greek and Roman culture by focusing on six great works of visual art or architecture, from the Parthenon to the Aphrodite of Cnidus and the Apollo Belvedere. Visual analysis and discussion of readings will examine how these works functioned in their historical contexts and the place each occupies in the development of artistic styles and philosophies throughout antiquity, as well as their inspiration for later artistic creations. Six sessions.

Jeffrey Nigro is a research associate in the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which 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.