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The Iconography of Mythology & Symbolism in Art: Secrets of the Old Masters Revealed 2/10 Lectures m

The Course offers art history lectures, guided museum visits and London walks. In this series of ten lectures on Mythology, we will ask what do all the signs and symbols in paintings mean, if indeed they are there, and why is there an enduring fascination with Greek mythology in the visual arts? It can all seem somewhat impenetrable. This course will delve into what these hidden meanings really are. You will see how the iconography of mythology can reveal the hidden codes and identify the seemingly mysterious figures in great works of art. It aims to look at the stories which are often re-told in secular Italian and Northern Renaissance painting around, 1400-1600, and also in French Baroque painting. Most often the stories came from antique literary sources which have survived through the middle ages and were the preserve of the rich and cultured.


In the second lecture, THE HISTORICAL MYTH OF THE NUDE, we will examine the historical origins behind the nude and the eventual rise of the female nude. We will also see how mythological and biblical stories gave legitimacy to these images.


Mr Leslie Primo | talks


Date and Time:

4 October 2016 at 10:45 am


2 hours



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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