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Changing Shapes: Metamorphosis in Art

More than 250 myths are woven together through themes of psychological and physical transformation – as well as love, pursuit and punishment – to create ‘Metamorphoses’ (8AD) an epic poem by Ovid (43BC – 17AD), who was the leading poet in Rome under the reign of Augustus.

Stirring European artists for centuries, these ambitious themes have made the poem more widely illustrated than any other book from the ancient world, except the Bible.

Bringing together prints and drawings inspired by Ovid’s writing, this display draws on the Barber’s collection: from mid-16th-century Flemish etchings to an early 20th-century drawing by French artist André Derain, and a 1950s print by German Surrealist Max Ernst.

Gérard, Marguerite (1761-1837)

The Reader

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Celebrating 75 years with Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton

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Selection of Barber Concerts Posters

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Concerts Programmes 1945/46

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