Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

Course Dates: 15/01/21 - 26/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online

Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant artworks. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play?

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This art history course explores the theme of myths and legends in classical art through relevant art works and considers the appearance of classical myths in post classical art. We will focus on important themes, myths and legends and their manifestation in the visual arts. We will discuss and assess their popularity in art and society as well as considering the role of myths and legends in the Classical world.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The origins and development of the classical myths and their representation in classical Greek art.
- The role of myth and legends in classical art and society.
- The continuous appeal and popularity of myths and legends in post classical art and cultures.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Relate the origins and development of classical myths and their representation in classical Greek art
- Identify and evaluate the main function, meaning and purpose of myths and legends in classical art and classical society.
- Participate in discussions around the use of classical myths in post classical art and consider their ongoing popularity in western culture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
VB469 - Symbols and stories: saints in art
VB462 - Classical art, myths and legends
VB150 - National Gallery.

Tutor Biographies
Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: VB545

Full Fri, day, 15 Jan - 26 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

Call us to check if you can still join the course 020 7492 2652 (depart num)

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