The Artistic Rivalries that Shaped Renaissance Florence | Newberry

The Artistic Rivalries that Shaped Renaissance Florence

Led by Rosie May. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Saturdays, October 10 - October 24

1 - 3 pm

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Seminar Description

In fifteenth-century Florence, a competitive spirit permeated society, creating rivalries between political parties, guilds, families, and artists. Yet competition was a catalyzing force for the arts. It spawned creativity, innovation, and technological advances that led to the development of a new style of painting, a revival of bronze sculpture, and the design and construction of the largest dome since antiquity. This seminar will examine several of the artists and groundbreaking projects that arose during this transformative period.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Rosie May is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Engagement at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. She has a PhD in Renaissance art history from Temple University and has taught and lectured widely on topics in her field.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

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.