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Transforming the Masterpiece

By sifting through centuries of European art, this series will find answers to the question: what exactly have artists let themselves in for when they rework some of the greatest poems and stories ever written ?
Is it an act of homage, or rivalry, or translation, or all three at once? And when a poet takes on a painting, is the artistic challenge the same, only in reverse ?

What should painters do with the Cyclops ?
Is the blinding of Homer’s and Ovid’s one-eyed Polyphemus the best moment in the story to go for, or is that too obvious a choice ? Carracci, Del Piombo, Poussin and Turner have all faced up to this giant in their own ways. Which of them does the story justice ?


Mr Graham Fawcett | talks


Date and Time:

15 February 2011 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The Course
1 Berkeley Street

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