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Turner & Mythology with the National Gallery

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Join the National Gallery’s Dr Carlo Corsato to discover Greek mythology in two of Turner's masterpieces.

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Turner, mythology and the art of storytelling

Thursday 18th March at 11.00am to 12.30pm . This event takes place on Zoom.

Join the National Gallery’s Dr Carlo Corsato to discover Greek mythology in two of Turner's masterpieces.

Two paintings; two extraordinary tales of ingenuity and loss. One soaked in the golden light of the morning sun, the other lit by the cold beams of the moon. The first painting tells the story of Ulysses (or Odysseus), inventor of the Trojan horse, who tricked the cyclops Polyphemus. The second tells the story of Hero, the priestess of Aphrodite, whose lover, Leander died tragically at sea. Both are charged with intense emotion and drama, created through broken brushstrokes and vibrant colour, and both reveal the art of storytelling through details, posture, and close observation of nature.

In this talk, Dr. Carlo Corsato explores how Turner broke from the seascape tradition in Ulysses deriding Polyphemus (1829) and The Parting of Hero and Leander (1837), paintings now held for the nation in the collection of The National Gallery.

​Dr Carlo Corsato is a Gallery Educator with experience of adult education programmes. He teaches at Morley College and has lectured at the Courtauld Institute and the University of St Andrews. Carlo is passionate about history, digital technologies, and audience engagement. His publications include ‘Lives of Titian’ and ‘Lives of Tintoretto’.

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