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Roman Art series: Sex and Scandal at the Highest Level

Portrait of Ovid wearing a yellow robe
A fresco portrait of Ovid by Luca Signorelli in the Orvieto Cathedral, Italy. Photograph: Sandro Vannini/Corbis

Wednesday 13th July 6pm

Sex and Scandal at the Highest Level: Ovid's Metamorphoses in Art | Roman Art series with Dr Gail-Nina Anderson

Live | £5

Sex and Scandal at the Highest Level – Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” in Art

   When first-century poet Latin poet Ovid composed his “Metamorphoses”, can he have realised that this epic compendium of Classical myths would become the inspiration for countless artistic representations of (culturally acceptable) amorous exploits down the centuries? With examples ranging from Mediaeval manuscript illumination to Victorian Academic painting, Post-Impressionism and surprising modern variants, this talk explores how the sensational and bizarre mythology of the loves of the Olympian gods has been interpreted across different schools and periods of art.

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Information on the first lecture of this series can be found here.

Information on the third lecture of this series can be found here.