Mythology in Art Chasing the Medusa
A world-class historian will take you on a mythical journey. Medusa’s eyes and snakey head is found peeping from many a place in Florence and Italy.
A Feminine Archetypal Journey Through the Ages
We are going to take a journey following the traces of the myth of Medusa in the arts throughout the centuries. The Medusa is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating figures in ancient Greek mythology, and has always been an enduring symbol of women’s power.
As first portrayed by the ancient Greeks, she was seen as a grotesque winged creature, part human and part animal, with snakes for hair and a gaze that turned people to stone – in short, an allegory of the danger of female power and as such a challenge to the status quo.
Over time this hideous monster morphed into the depiction of a beautiful but dangerous seductress, to become in the end a symbol of fatal feminine beauty.
Our journey will allow us to visit representations of this metamorphosis in the arts over the centuries, from ancient times to our day, and will illustrate how the magnetism and alluring mystery of Medusa and her myth still capture the imagination of contemporary artists.
Highlights of this online art history experience:
- Be transported to Italy and back in time while staying at home!
- Q&A with a world-class expert and art historian
- Discover the myths woven in Florence’s history and art throughout the city
Your Masterclass Expert
Dr Laura Amato, Ph.D has an international background, having studied in Ireland, Germany and Venice before completing a Ph.D in modern Italian history at the University of Padua. Her particular areas of study are Italian social and institutional history, especially in 16th – 18th century Venice and Florence, with a special focus on the way social customs and morals interplayed with existing institutional and legal controls.
She has taken part in various academic research projects, published articles in the field and been guest speaker in conferences in Italy and abroad. She enjoys studying and speaking about how people in historical periods thought and behaved, their joys and fears, and how these are represented in art.
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