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From Blake to Ernst: Symbols in 19th- and 20th-Century Art

Explore the content and use of symbols in modern art, and learn how they can open up new levels of appreciation and understanding. Examine ancient mythology in neoclassicism and surrealism, religion in romanticism and postimpressionism, and politics in modern art. In this course, analyze subjects ranging from traditional symbolic figures, such as Venus or Harlequin, to dream imagery, such as melting watches and roaring lions. Artists to be discussed include Blake, Cole, Gauguin, Ernst, and Guston. This course includes two sessions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with the common imagery and symbolic figures portrayed in modern art
  • An understanding of the history and development of modern art through signs and symbols

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Students of all levels
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