Art in London

Join your fellow lifelong learners to explore Renaissance art through unique, in-depth museum experiences in London with instructor Dr. Sheryl Reiss.

National Gallery in London at night

Art in London will take place from Monday, May 22nd, to Sunday, May 28th. Each day will feature daily onsite guided tours by Dr. Reiss at museums like the National Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the Wallace Collection. A gem of the trip will be the opportunity to visit the traveling exhibition Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at the Victoria & Albert Museum, along with Raphael’s Sistine Chapel tapestry cartoons and selections from the permanent collection.

Art in London's curriculum and guided tours will be led by Sheryl E. Reiss, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago; she has taught for the Graham School since 2019. Dr. Reiss is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and architecture with particular interest in the history of patronage. She is also interested in women and gender; archaism in early modern art; exchange between Italy and Northern Europe; and funerary art. She has published widely on Italian art and art patronage of the early sixteenth century, focusing particularly on the patronage of members of the Medici family, and on Raphael and Michelangelo. Dr. Reiss has previously taught at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Cornell University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Southern California, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Renaissance Society of America, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the Newberry Library. Dr. Reiss has co-edited two books: Beyond Isabella: Secular Women Patrons of Art in Renaissance Italy (2001, with David G. Wilkins) and The Pontificate of Clement VII: History, Politics, Culture(2005, with Kenneth Gouwens). She is currently preparing a book titled The Making of a Medici Maecenas: Giulio de’ Medici (Pope Clement VII) as Patron of Art and is the co-editor of an in-progress collection of essays titled Reconsidering Raphael.

  • Pre-trip seminar
  • London-based seminar
  • Guided tours
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Transportation to museum visits and entry to museums.

Participants are responsible for their own air travel to London (and airport transfers) and meals other than those listed above.

Accommodations will be a 4-star hotel in an area of London convenient to the galleries that the tour will visit.

Tuition fee will be $5,995 per person.

Price does not include airfare or airport transfers.

Deposit of $1,000 per person required within two weeks of acceptance (see application process).

The balance of the fee is due no later than March 13, 2023. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will be subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between March 13 and April 13, 2023, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after April 13, 2023. In the event of the cancellation of the program by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, a full refund will be given.

We strongly suggest that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against nonrefundable costs incurred when travel must be postponed on short notice. We are unable to make exceptions to our refund policies.

Participants may elect instead to waive this requirement understanding fully that the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies is under no obligation to provide a refund after cancellation dates have passed.

Participants should also confirm that their medical insurance covers expenses while in London or arrange for alternative medical insurance.

The University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies have no responsibility in whole or in part for any loss, death, damage, or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodation, transportation, or other services. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The right is retained to decline to accept or retain any person as a trip member should such person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the trip or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants.

The well-being of our travelers will be our highest priority. To that end, we will follow the health and safety guidelines of the U.S. State DepartmentCDC, and WHO, and the authorities of Greece. Participants should stay abreast of travel and entry requirements for the U.S. and England.

During the trip, should a participant test positive for COVID-19, they must promptly self-report by emailing and agree to follow the instructions given by the UChicago COVID Response Team, which may include isolating away from the group and the group’s activities. Participants should be aware that treatments available in the U.S. may not have the same availability in England.

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