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The myths of ancient Greece have inspired artists from antiquity to the twenty-first century. The transference of a myth from words to images is never straightforward. Picturing Narrative: Greek Mythology in the Visual Arts examines how visual artists have both reflected and influenced the way Greek myths are portrayed and understood. Ancient vases and coins join works by artists such as Alan Davie, Raoul Dufy, and Pablo Picasso, showing how artists capture moments from myths, reveal the relationship between myth and daily life, alter and add to the stories, and shape our perceptions of mythological characters.

Picturing Narrative is curated by Timothy J. Moore, John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics, in conjunction with his course "Greek Mythology," offered by the Washington University Department of Classics in the College of Arts & Sciences in fall 2014.

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The Teaching Gallery is a space in the Kemper Art Museum dedicated to presenting works from the Museum's collection with direct connections to Washington University courses. Teaching Gallery installations are intended to serve as parallel classrooms and can be used to supplement courses through object-based inquiry, research, and learning. Learn more