2307 - Myth in Early Modern Art: Picturing Ovid's Metamorphses, Botticelli to Bernini
Ovid's poetic retelling of Greek myths in his Metamorphoses (Transformations) has had a greater influence on the visual arts than any other book, with the exception of the Bible. From the 15th through the 17th century, countless works by masters of European art depict Ovid's tales of love and loss, crime and punishment, birth and death, devotion and deceit and, above all, change and transformation. This course considers key works inspired by Ovid, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Correggio's Jupiter and Io, Bruegel's Fall of Icarus, both Antonio del Pollaiuolo's and Bernini's Apollo and Daphne, Poussin's Cephalus and Aurora, Velazquez' Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan and Rubens' Fall of Phaeton. We will explore how diverse artists transformed poetry into paint (and sculpture) and how their pictorial transformations reflect changes in culture and society across the three centuries of the Early Modern era in Europe. Lecture (plus questions). Listening to Music or Other Audio.
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