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Taster talk: ‘Thor battering the Midgard Serpent’


  • 6 January 2020, 2 — 2.15pm
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Henry Fuseli RA, Thor battering the Midgard Serpent (detail), 1790.

Oil on canvas. 1330 mm x 946 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

This painting by Henry Fuseli RA depicts a dramatic moment from Icelandic mythology where the hero Thor goes out to battle the Midgard Serpent.

Join us to consider the artist and his motivations for choosing this relatively unusual subject, and explore how the painting aligns with the practice of teaching with and painting from the male nude at the Royal Academy.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective. Taster talks take place at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

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  • 6 January 2020, 2 — 2.15pm

The Collections Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens

Free, no booking required.