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
We have to support our wonderful experts and local partners here in Italy during this difficult period. Our 30€ ticket price is to cover our costs to run these experiences. Please consider buying a family access if you are a group of people. However, we understand it is a difficult period for everybody and also have an easy access cheaper ticket for those who really need. If you cannot afford to pay at the moment feel free to fill out the form below, introduce yourself and we’ll invite you without charge.
Like all small businesses in Italy we have been hugely affected by the ongoing crisis, and are very grateful for any donations or tips via our donation tab.
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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