France between its first Revolution and the establishment of the Napoleonic empire experienced dynamic artistic creativity against a backdrop of political instability and social flux. The art of Jacques-Louis David and his followers pushed the Neoclassical style to its limits, while women artists enjoyed unprecedented opportunities.
This class will explore French art during this volatile decade, reflecting its artistic and social complexities, all of which changed again as Napoleon gradually consolidated power.
Jeff Nigro is a Research Associate in the Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Instructor-Distributed Materials
- The following article, recommended but not required reading, will be provided: Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, “Nudity à la grecque in 1799,” The Art Bulletin Vol. 80, No. 2 (June 1998): pp. 311-335.
Cost and Registration
One session, $137 ($124, for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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