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Newberry Seminar in European Art


Focused on the history of European art, from its origins through the nineteenth century, this seminar provides a forum for presenting current research, as well as a venue to bring together a diverse community of art historians for intellectual exchange, collegial conversation, and debate. We construe art history in broad terms, embracing painting, sculpture, graphic art, architecture, caricature, manuscript illumination, book arts, and material culture. Each year we invite papers that cross and challenge borders both within and outside the discipline; engage questions of methodology and ideology; examine dynamics between form and content; probe the categories of race, ethnicity, status, and gender; and reflect critically on the state and outlook of the field. Papers are precirculated, enabling the seminar to be devoted to discussion.

The coordinators for the Seminar in European Art are: Diane Dillon, The Newberry Library; Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library; Lia Markey, Newberry Library; and Walter Melion, Emory University.

The European Art Seminar Call for Proposals for 2019-2020 seminars is now OPEN. Proposals are due June 3, 2019. We encourage papers that draw upon the Newberry collection. In addition to a classroom seminar format, presenters may request a hands-on workshop with original materials from the collection; please indicate interest in this option in your proposal.

To submit a proposal, visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Scholars whose papers are selected may apply for a travel subsidy of up to $450. The Newberry is unable to provide additional funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations. The seminar will meet from 2-5 pm on the following Fridays in the 2019-2020 academic year: November 1, 2019; December 13, 2019; February 7, 2020;and May 22. Please indicate in the application if you are not available on any of these dates.

For further information, please contact Scholarly Seminars at the Newberry at

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Past European Art Seminars

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 5, 2018
Judy Mann: Understanding the Support: Inherent and Visual Meaning in 16th-century Paintings on Stone / Rebecca Zorach: Kant’s Tattoo: Nature’s Intentions, Colonial Hauntings, Modern Aesthetics
Friday, January 18, 2019
Seminar in European Art
Christine Goettler: Gold in a Golden Age: Imaginaries of a Metal in Netherlandish Art, c. 1600 / Deborah Krohn: Reading the Table: Handbooks for Food Service in Early Modern Europe
Friday, March 1, 2019
Seminar in European Art
Mark Meadow: “Across Space and Time: Imagining Historical and Cultural Distance in the Sixteenth Century.” Tanya J. Tiffany: “He Gave Me the Sign”: Painting and Piety in the Vida of Estefanía de la Encarnación (ca. 1597-1665)
Friday, May 10, 2019
Seminar in European Art
Lisa Pons: / Simone Zurawski: Architecture and Urban Development in the Reign of Louis XIV Reconsidered: Paris in the Aftermath of the Fronde