June 21 & 22 | Myths of Ovid and Homer in Art
Ovid’s dramatic tales of love and death and the struggles of Homer’s heroes have inspired European artists since the Renaissance. From Titian’s ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’ to Bernini’s ‘Apollo and Daphne,’ from Velazquez’s ‘Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan’ to Waterhouse’s ‘Odysseus and the Sirens,’ our seminar will explore how visual art enriches and deepens our experience of these classical texts.
When: Two sessions, on Tuesday June 21, and Wednesday June 22, 2022, both days at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Duration: 2 hours per session
Cost: C$150 plus 13% HST (approx. US$120 plus 13% HST)
Group Size: 25-participant limit
How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are not recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.
All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.
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Sean Forester is an artist and lecturer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied classical painting at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where he was director of art history, humanities and composition. He teaches at the Golden Gate Atelier. Sean has a BA from The Great Books Program at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and an MA from Cambridge University.
SEMINAR TEXTS AND MATERIALS
Metamorphoses, by Ovid, translated by Stanley Lombardo, introduction by W. R. Johnson
(Hackett Publishing, 2010)
The Iliad, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, introduction by Bernard Knox
(Penguin Classics, 1998)
The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, introduction by Bernard Knox
(Penguin Classics 1997)
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Ovid’s dramatic tales of love and death have inspired European artists since the Renaissance. So have the struggles of Homer’s heroes. From Titian’s ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’ to Bernini’s ‘Apollo and Daphne,’ from Velazquez’s ‘Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan’ to Waterhouse’s ‘Odysseus and the Sirens,’ our seminar will explore how visual art enriches and deepens our experience of classical texts. We will focus on paintings and sculptures based on passages from Ovid’s Metamorphoses as well as several episodes in the Iliad and Odyssey.
Sean Forester brings his experience as an artist to our seminar discussions. What techniques do painters use to tell a story in visual terms? How does an artwork change how you think and feel about an episode of classical literature?
This seminar will be offered over two consecutive days. We will discuss representations of stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, including Apollo and Daphne, Echo and Narcissus, Orpheus and Eurydice, Ariadne and Bacchus, Arachne and Minerva, Jupiter and Io, the Sirens, Circe, and Priam and Achilles.
All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.
All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. Click the link for full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars.
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