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Ovid’s Metamorphoses : Myth and Art: Assignment

Roman Slavery

Influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Myth and Art

 

Ovid’s poem the Metamorphoses had a great influence on later art and literature.  In this project you will examine a story from Ovid’s poem that influenced a later artist.  Starting off with an understanding of the myth in the Metamorphoses, you will then analyze how that myth was interpreted and transformed by another artist.

 

****Your final project will consist of a three page 12-point font/regular margins essay that discusses the following items: (60 points)

 

  • general information about the artist who has reinterpreted Ovid

  • a description of the myth in Ovid’s Metamorphoses that inspired your artist

(based on an English translation of the text -- either provided by me, or an online translation, such as that of A. Kline: http://ovid.lib.virginia.edu/trans/Ovhome.htm#askline )

  • a discussion of how the artist shaped Ovid’s telling of the myth to make it his/her own

 

****You will give a brief (3-5 minute) presentation to the class that describes your findings in the essay.  This should be a poster or slide presentation that includes an image of the art-work you are discussing. (20 points)

 

****You will translate from the Latin an excerpt from the selection of Ovid’s Metamorphoses that you choose to discuss. The excerpt should be 5-7 lines in length.  You should discuss with me in advance your choice of lines. (20 points)


 

Worksheet on work of art and myth: Due in class: Jan 26, 2016

this will serve as the basis for your essay, so be as thorough as possible


 

Essay Due: in class Feb 2, 2016

 

Presentation: week of Feb 1 & Feb 8, 2016

 

Translation Due: in class Feb 11, 2016









 

You may find your own work of art/literature that was influenced by the Metamorphoses, or choose one from the following resources:

 

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC  (http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html):

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

List of works of art in the Metropolitan’s collections inspired by the Metamorphoses:

(http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hi/hi_grkovmet.htm)

 

The National Gallery, London

Web resources related to exhibition on Titian’s paintings inspired by Metamorphoses

(website includes translation of Ovid, poetry composed in honor of exhibition, and much more)

(http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/learn-about-art/titians-poesie-paintings/*/viewPage/1)

 

Khan Academy

Video on Correggio’s painting, “Jupiter and Io”

(https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/renaissance-reformation/renaissance-venice/late-renaissance-venice/v/correggio-jupiter-and-io)