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Retelling the Greek myths in Western art

Weekend-long art history and theory course

Short course

  • 16 November 2019, 10am — 5pm
  • 17 November 2019, 10am — 5pm

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Artemisia Gentileschi, Danaë, c.1612.

Oil on Copper. 41.3 x 52.7 cm. Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase and gift of Edward Mallinckrodt, Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr., Horace Morison, Mrs. Florence E. Bing, Morton D. May in honor of Perry T. Rathbone, Mrs. James Lee Johnson Jr., Oscar Johnson, Fredonia J. Moss, Mrs. Arthur Drefs, Mrs. W. Welles Hoyt, J. Lionberger Davis, Jacob M. Heimann, Virginia Linn Bullock in memory of her husband, George Benbow Bullock, C. Wickham Moore, Mrs. Lyda D'Oench Turley and Miss Elizabeth F. D'Oench, and J. Harold Pettus, and bequests of Mr. Alfred Keller and Cora E. Ludwig, by exchange 93:1986.

Join the RA’s Professor of Ancient Literature, Dame Mary Beard, and a lineup of experts and scholars as they explore how Greek myths have been retold in Western Europe through art, visual cultural and art history.

The stories of Greek mythology stay with us thanks to their enigmatic characters, universal themes and the way they explain the human condition; it is no coincidence they are integral tools in the study of psychology and psychoanalysis, given how they tackle self-understanding and questions of identity. But how have these myths influenced artists and our visual cultural?

Myths, like art, are constantly reinventing themselves and being retold to reflect their contemporary context. Surviving antiquities continue to shape art history and visual culture. By looking at how people in different eras respond to the classical world, we can gain valuable insights into their respective art and ideas. In essence, this course will examine the impact of the fascinating collision between two distinct forms of art: the oral and the visual.

Join Dame Mary Beard, the RA’s Professor of Ancient Literature, alongside other scholars and experts as they explore how Greek myths have play a vital role today and throughout the history of art. From the first retelling of Greek myths by the Romans, to the re-emergence of classical ideals in both the Renaissance and then the Enlightenment, through to the modern and contemporary - artists, philosophers and thinkers have reinterpreted Greek myths in ways that still resonate with us today.

The course includes a visit to the RA Library and Archives and to the Royal Academy’s exhibition of John Flaxman’s engravings of The Illiad and The Odyssey with the opportunity to experience this exhibition and discuss its contemporary significance.

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  • 16 November 2019, 10am — 5pm
  • 17 November 2019, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.

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