Revolution: Art in France, 1789-1799 | Newberry

Revolution: Art in France, 1789-1799

Led by Jeffrey Nigro. One session, 9 am - noon.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Saturday, March 3

9 am - noon

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $70
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $77

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have 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 Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. 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

This one-day seminar will explore the visual arts during the French Revolution, a tumultuous moment for the arts, politics, and society. Themes explored during this seminar include the relationship between “high” art, popular imagery, and propaganda; the influence of the Revolution’s chief image maker Jacques-Louis David; and the bold new paths struck by artists after the fall of Robespierre. One session.

Jeffrey Nigro is an art historian, adjunct lecturer, and research associate in the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also serves as president of the Classical Art Society.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.